A bit of advice from someone who has been on Enbrel, Methotrexate, Plaquenil as well as pain medications and NSAIDS..I've been going to my rheumatologist going on 4 years this November, and as you mentioned the Prednisone does wonders. Yes, there are certain things that you can avoid that will increase inflammation (red meat) It is known that a vegan/vegetarian diet can help decrease inflammation. There is nothing wrong with trying homeopathic remedies in conjunction with traditional medications.
I'm having a difficult week pain wise and decided to look into herbal remedies myself, and at this time I'm trying Devils Claw to help with my pain, however the jury is still out on if it works or not. I do know that in some of my worst moments, the Methotrexate and Enbrel were added because I wasn't getting any relief.
Nobody wants to live the rest of their lives on medication, and when I first went in for my visit wondering what my joint pain was, I never dreamed I would still be going to the rheumatologist some four years later.
You will know when the time is needed for more aggressive meds.
Good luck to you.