Hi Julie, Also a fellow OZer, I've had RA for 31/2 years and been on the downhill slide ever since, currently on orencia, methotrexate, mobic, prednisone, and tramadol for pain. My joint damage has been kept to a minimum because I was lucky enough to get this disease when current thinking is to treat it aggressively.
Still a horrible disease though and I constantly fight depression and worry how bad its going to get, how long a med will work for me and whats next? Whenever I think it can't get worse it does!
So saying all that, I'm trying some alternatives, hydro therapy is really good, accupuncture I'm not sure of, having a support group really helps. Talking here really helps, like your Dad says keeping it in perspective helps but like you said, it can be hard when you're in constant pain.
Hope some of this echoes for you, I'm struggling on myself, waiting for something to happen, trying to concentrate on what I can do. Goodluck and please keep ranting here, golitho