Several things! Omega-3 fatty acis, calcium, vitamin d3 and zinc! These will help in food or as supplements. Stay as active as possible, and avoid teraumatic activities, ie. Running, jumping, or contact sports. Cycling, yoga, pilates, circuit weight training are better activities!
Multiple medications. It is documented that early, agrressive therapy is indicated in RA and results in much better outcome as opposed to delaying agrressive therapy (as was done in the past). Initial therapy would include plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) methotrexate, and biologic agents, i.e., enbrel, humira, etc. This approach is supported by long term clinical trials and radiographic evidence.
Immunosuppressive. Today's pharmacotherapy is highly aggressive for rheumatologic autoimmune diseases with products like embril immunosuppressive therapy.
Difficult to answer. Depends: more/different medicine, cortisone injections, more/different exercise, consider surgical intervention.
Many options. There are dozens of medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologists usually start with a milder, less toxic medication like Methotrexate and add additional therapies as needed. Sometimes it takes trying 6 or more drugs until an effective regimen is found.
Further research. In general there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that complimentary alternative medicine therapies are safe/effective for rheumatoid arthritis. Some mind-body therapies and supplements may be good adjunctive treatments (could possibly decrease pain in joints) but especially dietary supplements should be discussed with your doctor for potential interactions with conventional medicine.
Several. Several, but of limited benefit. 3-omega fatty acids help reduce inflammation. Type two collagen (in chicken soup) was shown to help in a harvard study. Others do not pass the "smell" test.
None. No natural product has any data that it prevent joint damage, deformity and eventual disability.
Hopefully not. You are taking any enormous risk as there are no "natural therapies" that prevent joint damage and deformity.
Absolutely none. There are none, period....... The longer the use of specific disease meds is delayed, the greater the risk for irreversible damage and deformity.
Essentially none. Aspirin and omega 3 fatty acid (fish oil) may help with ra, but there are no uniquely successful natural or herbal treatments.
Natural remedies for. Thunder god vine is being actively researched, borage and omega 3 fatty acids may all help by providing antioxidant and anti inflammatory relief for inflamed joints. Other non- medicinal approaches include: cold and hot packs, hot wax dips for hands or feet, yoga /hot type to enhance circulation and range of motion in joints, meditation acupuncture, hypnosis for pain reduction with visualization.