Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, your joint pain could be due to degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis), tendonitis or a form of crystal-induced arthritis such as gout or pseudogout. Numbness or tingling raises the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome (or other nerve disease). Infection is less likely but is always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if marked swelling is present.
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.