I have been dignosed RA for nearly three month. I started MTX and Hydroxychloroquine for nearly 2 and a half months. My ESR is still rising up to 70. The doctor today day suggested that i should use sulfasalazine as a triple drug treatment. On top of that my doctor also suggested that i should use prednisolone tablets. My concern is although my ESR and CRP are high, my joints do not hurt soo much because i take arcoxia tablets (60mg) each night, they are basically swollen (ankles, hands). I am scared to use steriods as there are soo many side effects. But my doctor said that using steriods avoids disabilty in the future. I am 51 and I still want to go back to work as a teacher. Can anybody tell me if my medication is in the right direction?