I was diagnosed with RA in early October and was given a steriod injection on this day and started on MTX straightaway. During the last couple of weeks, I've been aware of my steriods wearing off and have had some pain/flare ups of my knuckles. Some days I can't bend some of my fingers properly and it just seems to be getting worse day by day. I have been able to live life normally and have been avoiding taking painkillers but I'm worried that I'll be damaging the joints if I didn't take ibuprofen or something. Am I at risk of damaging my fingers if I don't take regular painkillers/ibuprofen? I have been taking ibuprofen the last couple of consecutive days but I know it can't be taken long-term.
Another concern, is my right thumb hasn't been right since pre-diagnosis. It didn't bend properly and then it did start to bend upon force but felt like a popping/elastic band twanging kind of feeling. It hurts when I bend it and I often need to re-straighten it by force using my other hand. I don't know whether to keep encouraging the thumb to bend to enable movement or whether I'm damaging it by doing so. I know I should be asking a doctor about this but I was wanting other opinions too!