Before any medicine you should ice the joint and rest the joint. Medication-wise, if you are a healthy individual with no other medical problems, then taking naproxen/ibuprofen will help. Generics are as good as brand names most of the time. The above medications are known to give you heartburn-like symptoms and interact with a few other prescription medications, so ask your physician before using them. Acetaminophen will help with the pain as well and in general is better tolerated than ibuprofen and naproxen in certain individuals. Also available are sprays and ointments which usually have menthol in them and help the pain quickly. Also, wrapping up the joint should help. If the pain doesn’t improve within 1-2 weeks consult a physician.
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