It is so sad to hear of your daughter at such a young age suffering from RA. I can't help but think RA is a severe form of allegy to some everyday food. I wonder if you gave your daughter a very plain diet of rice and pears, unprocessed meat (no ham, bacon, corned beef, franfurts)and plain vegetables with no spices. No artificial colours and flavours and no lollies or sugar, and no high acid foods such as oranges and tomatoes. Avoiding such foods could lessen the severity of her complaint as it did with me.
Also if you could make a juice of one stick of celery, half a carrot,an apple and a little ginger and get her to like to drink this, it could give her relief.
I never had RH as a child, but the drugs your daughter is having, I have had. The humira may be a great blessing to your daughter and bring her great relief. The thing is, whatever drug is given, they will be carefully monitored by your doctor. If she develops any unwanted side effects, these have to be taken into consideration and weighed up as to whether the benefits out way the problems. There are many drugs out there and we all have different benefits from them. With this disease, it is a matter of trying to find what works for that particular time. I was only able to take Hirmira for a relatively short time. But in the time I had the drug, I found new strength, speed and less swelling to the extent that I felt free from my pain.
Good luck and prayers for your lovely daughter who is suffering. I hope the problem will disappear and one day she will be free of its hold of her.
As to the availability of Humira in South Africa- could you get enough of the stuff before you leave. If you're currently getting your Humira subsidised by the government(this depends on which country you are in) you can get your doctor to get permission to issue you enough for your stay in South Africa. Hurmira is a very expensive drug without the government paying most of it.
Love and best wishes