You need treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Though non steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAID) and steroids are the gold standard of treatment, more emphasis should be laid on physical and occupational therapy, rest, heat pads and use of assistive devices for walking. In patients in whom NSAID and steroids cause acidity and gastric ulcer, biological response modifiers like etanercept, leflunomide (used less often), adalimumab, or infliximab should be added in consultation with doctor. A newer generation of NSAIDS drugs called the COX-2 inhibitors can be tried as they have fewer digestive system effects but these drugs are costly.
Do discuss this with your doctor, and start the treatment that suits you best. Take care!
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