catgiggles, Salsalate is one arthritis medicine my rheumy put me on, but it didn't help enough and I ended up with 3 ulcers because of it (or because of it and the Ultracet I take daily). So, now we are switching from Cimzia to Humira to see if it will help enough so that I can stop the Ultracet (already stopped the Salsalate). We've also tried Celebrex and I think it helped for a while but then stopped. With any arthritis or pain meds, you are going to run the risk of messing up your gut even more. If you are completely against biologicals, I'm not sure what else you can try, other than natural stuff like fish oil, which didn't help me either. Cimzia is a new biological similar to Humira but, your personal reasons for not taking Humira may apply to Cimzia also. And, it's more expensive to your insurance company but the drug manufacturer sent me a card for 3 free treatments and then up to $500 off my copay each month for a year. So, if it's a completely financial decision, you may want to look into that and possibly get the drug free to you for a while.
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4