Morning Stiffness in Joints

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  • Morning stiffness usually lasts more than 1 hours

  • Long morning stiffness (lasting more than 1 hour)

  • Can't move my joints smoothly in the morning

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Morning stiffness is the sensation of difficulty moving a joint or the apparent loss of range of motion of a joint that occurs in the morning usually after getting up.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Morning stiffness in joints

Possible causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Polymyalgia rheumatica

    An autoimmune disease, caused by the body's immune system attacking the body. Risk factors include advanced age and female gender.

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have joint stiffness that last for more than an hour in the morning?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

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