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 are rheumatoid arthritis (or a related condition), or gout (especially if you are male).
Infection is less likely but is always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if swelling is present. More than one of these may be present at the same time.
While over-the-counter pain medicines, a splint, rest and ice may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms.