Hello...I'm hoping to get some feedback...advice, opinions, personal accounts...from those who have sought a succesful (or not, I suppose) ALTERNATIVE to METHOTREXATE. My best friend, 29, recently received a dignosis of Rheumatiod Arthritis. Still stunned and not quite ready to be 100% proactive, I'd like to gather some information both for her (of course) and myself. She is currently taking (please forgive incorrect spellings)"Bextra" and "Plaquinil" in VERY small doses. She's a tiny woman, 5'1 and 98 pounds, hence the lower doses. She has a reputable Rheumatologist in NYC where she lives, and has consulted a doctor with more "holistic leanings" as well. She's made some hopefully helpful dietary changes, but she's still struggling with fairly crippling pain. She would prefer NOT to go on Methotrexate for sveral reasons that I'm sure many of you understand first-hand whereas I cannot. ANY IDEAS? ENCOURAGEMENT EITHER WAY? I'd really appreciate it! Any stories/personal accounts that may offer her some consolation and ease her fears about this diagnosis would be welcome, too! Thank you! "JamieinBoston"