Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, one of the most likely causes of your joint pain is a form of crystal-induced arthritis such as gout or pseudogout; the numbness and tingling raise the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome which commonly accompanies wrist swelling.
In addition, infection is always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if marked swelling is present.
Less likely is another form of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. 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.