Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, the likely causes of your joint pain include degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis), rheumatoid arthritis (or a related condition), or a form of crystal-induced arthritis such as gout or pseudogout.
Infection is less likely but is always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if marked swelling is present. The numbness and/or tingling raise the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome which may accompany wrist swelling or arthritis.
More than one of these conditions 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.