Thank you for your reply.
There are a couple of possibilities for your symptoms. One of the possibilities is that you have gout attacks. Gout is a type of arthritis which affects individual joints. Gout is known to affect a joint on a big toe but in reality, it can affect any joint. Usually, pain is severe with swelling and sometimes redness.
Treatment for gout is actually anti-inflammatories, such as Aleve or Advil, rather then Tylenol. Also ice would help.
Another possibility is rheumatoid arthritis which often presents itself with pain and swelling in different joints. This is less likely.
I would suggest that you take Advil or Aleve today but follow-up with your doctor for further evaluation and testing. You can have uric acid levels checked to look for gout and rheumatoid markers checked to rule out rheumatoid arthritis. I would also suggest that you get an x-ray of your fingers/hand.
I hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to follow-up with any other questions you might have.
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