Everybodys different and im no doctor so only speaking from experience. Its a cruel condition, everybody thinks its achy joints in cold damp weather. I could smack someone with a spade some days when they say that but luckily for them the pain in my hands stops that from happening. Its a poorly named condition, its an auto immune thing,nothing to do with arthritis. It brings a pain that cant be described sometimes.
Anyway, I researched it a lot after my diagnosis. I take loads of supplements and think they do help, ive been pretty lucky in that im fairly well controlled and havent taken drugs for a while (against docs advice so please dont do what I do) I just had a steroid jag on thurs which has helped this flare up. Flare ups can cause exhaustion that you cant describe so its not just pain but the pain is bad! Keeping flare ups to a minimum is key and most people do that with RA drugs and/or painkillers.
I exercise a lot, my first consultant recommended it to strengthen the muscles round my joints. I eat as well as i can and eat as much organic food as possible, not always possible with four growing laddies to feed. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners and limit processed food etc. Alcohol is fine for me but has to be limited if you are on meds.
I think the most important thing for me is to stay positive and feel in control.
Feel free to send me a pm if your wife has any questions. Especially about the drugs, thats a minefield. Its a lifelong condition but doesn't define you, well it certainly doesn't define me. Most people wouldnt even know i had it.
Hope that helps a little, maybe others will share different experiences too.