When To Call a Doctor
doctor if you have:
- Sudden, unexplained swelling, warmth, or pain
in any joint.
- Joint pain with a fever or rash.
- Pain so bad that you can't
use your joint.
- Mild joint
symptoms that last more than 6 weeks and don't get better with home
- Side effects from pain medicine.
You can have side effects when you take large doses of aspirin or
other pain medicine. Do not take more than
the recommended dose of medicine without first talking to your
If you have mild joint pain and stiffness, first try
home treatment, such as using ice and heat. If you don't feel
better in 6 weeks, or if you have other
symptoms, call your doctor.
Who to see
Arthritis can be managed
Other health professionals may be
part of the treatment team, such as:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
April 8, 2011
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