Hi NYC and Welcome!
Two little Kids AND working out of home? I was overwhelmed raising our 2 Kids(and doggie) plus looking after 2 other little ones AT home. You're amazing! I do feel for you though. We do not get to enjoy our children as we should have because of the pain and fatique.
I was on most of the other typical RA meds way before the biologics came out, of course. Some of them worked well for me for quite a while. For example Plaquinel(sp), Indomethacin, Vioxx. The gold injections worked for about 5 years with only the occasional flare ups. Imuran also worked well for me for about 5 years until a Special Person in my Life died suddenly and that threw me into an emotional breakdown, i guess. I ended up with terrrible shringles a month later. A month after that the Imuran just stopped working.
Then I started the bios which have only worked 20-30% or slightly more depending. No RA meds have worked good since the Imuran. I'm through most of the bios and have been on Pred the last 6 years and Medrol injections the last 1 1/2 yrs. I'm also on Actemra and recently got off the MTX. When the Medrol stops working in 2 months, I'll be in a real pickle.
You are only in on RA for 2 years. You have many meds to try through the years. I really do wish there was a healthy, natural alternative but that's just a dream. Some say that accupuncture works but it didn't work for me unfortunately.
I am grateful that I only have minor deformity after 29 years with RA and I do not have Osteo yet. I haven't had any serious side effects thankfully. All my test results come back in the normal range except one was high this time around and inflammation is higher sometimes. So that's something. Exercise helps a lot. You get lots of that with the Kids, I'm sure plus whatever else.
Wishing you a long and hopefully less pain journey.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Raynauds - other stuff
Folic Acid - Fosavance - Tramadol - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Salbutamol - Actemra - Prednisone - Humalog - Fluconazole - Systane Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - depo Medrol injection - One A Day Multi Vit. - Cod Liver Oil Capsules - other otcs