Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Your symptoms suggest osteoarthritis (also called degenerative arthritis), a condition that is particularly common in people over the age of 40, especially women, and it can run in families. Unless you have been instructed to avoid these medicines, try over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen as needed for pain. Contact your doctor if it does not improve over a few weeks or if it is affecting your function or quality of life.
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