.......I have always been tremendously active, swimming most days around 1-2kms, paddling competitively in river canoe races- I have stopped all exercise besides walking and swimming. I am 25, able to stay off any kind of pills for months without any pain unless I run or lift something heavy......
the activity/exercise will help keep you flexible
it's not unusual for the disease to stay away, maybe for weeks or months, then come back - that is a flare
DMARD - Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drug (e.g. methotrexate)
have fun with the soccer, we've been getting bombarded with it on TV for days already