I was just diagnosed also with RA mostly in my knees. I think for you the doc wants to see how much damage there maybe in your hands being that the fingers have smaller joints, for some people their fingers may show damage quicker than the other joints would. More than likely once he has your xrays then you will go to get an MRI so that he can make a comparison. This was the case for me; now I am taking Mobic for inflamation, prednisone for mobility and Sulfasalizine to slow down the progression on OA and RA.
You will have good days and some bad days it is all in how fast or slow the RA will work on your joints, everyone is different. For me; I can tell if it is going to rain
, just think possitive and don't over do just because you feel great you end up feeling it later. Take your time doing things: enjoy every moment, it helps to stay possitive.
So it is a process, just be patient.