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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Shoulder Pain

Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your shoulder pain are

  • rheumatoid arthritis or a related condition (especially if there is swelling in multiple joints)

  • polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • bursitis

  • fibromyalgia

  • a viral infection.

A combination of these is also possible.

While over-the-counter pain medicines and rest may be helpful, there are other possible causes of your shoulder pain and it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms and to begin treatment.

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