Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your joint pain include
polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)
tendonitis, including rotator cuff disease
rheumatoid arthritis or a related condition (especially if there is joint swelling)
a viral infection.
Less likely is a "crystal-induced" arthritis, such as gout or pseudogout. Some combination of these or another arthritic disease is also possible.
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).