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Hi, Dr. Stan here to help you today. You are describing osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD). Another possible cause is Gout, which is caused by excess uric acid in your system. The swelling is part of the disease. You should see your PCP or Internist who will do blood tests, physical examination and possibly x-rays to determine joint erosion. If you can, start taking an over the counter NSAID such as Advil or Aleve to help reduce the inflammation until you see your doctor. Do you take any prescribed medication or are you being treated for any medical conditions?
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