Is it aching, burning, sharp or shooting? As you check yourself into the doctor, these are common types of symptoms they ask you to describe in terms of pain. Do your joints ache? Is it all the time or does it come and go? How long has it been there? What helps to alleviate your pain? As your healthcare professional fires off these questions like it’s something common, your mind may drift off. It’s hard when you go somewhere and you are treated like arthritis isn’t that big of a deal.