I know what she is going thru. I presume she is seeing a rheumatologist. Although I dont think a rheum. would let her go on without medication. I myself take enbrel, inject it 2x a week. It works great. Very expensive though. There are other meds that are cheaper. Methotrexate is used very often and is cheap. She could take some prednisone for a short time till other meds start working. The main thing is to take something or she could wind up in a wheelchair.