Pain medications used for rheumatoid arthritis

How do I know if joint pain in my fingers is arthritis or if it’s something pain medications used for rheumatoid arthritis? Will cortisone injections help joint pain and swelling in my fingers?

If not, what are my options? It sounds like you may be dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Pain in the finger joints is a classic initial symptom of this disease. If it is, indeed, rheumatoid arthritis, you have many effective treatment choices, including cortisone injections. There is no single test or symptom that confirms rheumatoid arthritis.