Once again all the best to you and please come back here to tell us how you are doing. I remember my posts here at the beggining I was asking similar questions, I had similar concerns :) I am still afraid of side effects of the medications, you never know how long the treatment will work but we all wish it will be as long as possible and we must believe in it! But waiting in our situation and doing nothing is the worst thing we can do. RA is not waiting, doesn't want to stop progression by itself, we need to stop it with the medications.
I was wondering why I need to take that many meds...and then I remember reading one of the RA articles which was saying that treatment of RA needs to be aggresive from the beggining.
Polyarthritis - diagnosed July 2010, suffering from May 2009, Sweet Syndrome
Prednisone - 2,5mg/day, Plaquenil, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Humira