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Shoulder Pain

Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your joint pain include

  • degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • fibromyalgia

    or a viral infection

  • tendonitis, including rotator cuff disease (though this would not explain pain in joints other than the shoulders).

Some combination of these or another arthritic disease is also possible. Other causes of pain in multiple areas include an underactive thyroid, an elevated blood calcium level or deficient vitamin D.

While over-the-counter pain medicines, rest and ice may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms (unless they are improving on their own).

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