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Shoulder Pain

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

  • a viral infection (as with the severe aches and pains during the flu)

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

  • bursitis

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

Over-the-counter pain medicines, rest and ice may be helpful, but if symptoms persist, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms.

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