I grew tired of side affects and every visit was an increase of dosage and finally when the rheumatologist told me I would have to try the next med. I had a mini episode in my head. You see the side affect of this new meds were worse, to include a small chance of death... yup DEATH! To make matters worse she was so casual about it. She said well its a very tiny chance. Look I have a husband and a kid, how responsible would that be to essentially gamble suicide for pain relief, no thanks!
Granted I haven't stopped taking all of my medications, I certainly don't recommend just dropping your meds like that, it is dangerous. In fact I don't recommend anything at all, I am not a doctor... again this is my story. What I do suggest is being proactive with your doctor. Tell them what you want, find a common ground, and work with them.
Excercise of course came up, but things like swimming, stretching, and yoga. I will be starting yoga, actually I decided to try DDP Yoga, I will be blogging about that as well. I tried running but my body protested wildly, so after seeing that Arthur guy doing I am inspired... plus Diamond Dallas Page has an amazing quote "life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it!~DDP"
Anyhow folks this is a learning process, I look forward to what we learn together