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Shoulder Pain

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

  • polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)

  • rheumatoid arthritis or a related condition (especially if there is joint swelling)

  • a viral infection.

Tendonitis, bursitis, or a muscle strain are possible, but would not explain pain in your other joints.

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).

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