I have not spoken to an exercise physiologist, I guess I thought my questions were too specific. I'll seek one out.
I get my blood tested regularly, as most of us do, but the only things I am sure the doc tests for is sed rate and liver indicators. I'll ask about the others you suggested.
I suggest we get the word out to other RA "victims". Even when I was in a full blown attack, I usually felt better after a little time on the stationary bike. Unfortunately in never lasted through the next day. I described it as loosening up the gel in my joints, I guess making it more fluid. My docs seemed to think it was a good approach, though cautioned me against working out too hard as to increase the wear and tear on the joints. But that was hardly likely considering how bad I felt then.
So for those of you reading this, consider a little exercise like a stationary bike. If you are having an attack, the first few minutes suck, but I found it gets better and makes me feel better the rest of the day. And as with anything else, ask your doctor first, before starting anything like this. All I can say is it made me feel a little better for the remainder of the day and sure beats prednisone's affects on the body!!!
As a biker, I always liked the slogan, "ride it like you stole it", which means fast and hard. But as an RA patient, I'm ging to try to develope a new one, perhaps "Fight it like it an enemy" ... I'm working on it ... Craig