I was diagnosed with reactive arthritis in 2010. Rheumy believes it may have started at least a year or two before that. And the infection that caused it could have been several years before that. Possibly campylobacter.
Anyway -- after a really horrible flare that was all over my body, and some troubling swelling and edema, the medications got everything under control.
My main issue is that I have to try not to overdo things, while also getting enough exercise to keep me healthy. I used to be very active with bicycling, hiking, things like that. Now I have to watch the clock and keep it down to an hour or so of activity or I will "pay" with days of pain.
My main medication is methotrexate (one of the DMARDs) and the anti-inflammatory I take is Relafen (an NSAID).
Hope you get hooked up with the right doctors and drugs.