have you started going to a rheumatologist yet? i have had ra for about 8 years now, and i can tell you from experience that you need to go to a rheum and talk to him/her. you don't need a referral, and they can get you on some stronger medicines that won't cause the bloating/weight gain that steroids cause. plus, they tell you to exercise because it actually HELPS your joints! i ride a stationary bike 3-4 days a week.