there are several different dmards that you can try. Sulfasalazine and methotrexate are some of the older ones. The tnf-inhibitors are a relatively new class of drugs that also may help (Enbrel, Humira, remicade, and a couple of new ones that were just approved this year). Many people with RA have GI issues, so they cannot take any of the NSAIDS either. Also, don't forget plaquenil. Many people with inflammatory arthritis get relief from plaquenil.
Hope you find something that works,
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan