Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, the most likely cause of your joint pain is degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis) or rheumatoid arthritis (or a related condition). Crystal-induced arthritis, such as gout or pseudogout, is also a possibility. Infection is less likely when multiple joints are involved, but is always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if swelling is prominent.
The numbness and/or tingling raises the possibility of ulnar neuropathy or other nerve problem. One or more of these conditions may be present at the same time.
While over-the-counter pain medicines, a brace, rest and ice may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms. Continue below to learn more about these and other causes of elbow pain.