Joint stiffness

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Rheumatology & Allergy

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  • The middle finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The little finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The middle finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The little finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the left hand is stiff

  • The little finger of the left foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the left foot is stiff

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Joint stiffness is the sensation of difficulty moving a joint or the apparent loss of range of motion of a joint.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Gross hematuria

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Low back pain

  • Recent weight loss

  • Fever

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Dysphagia

  • Impossible to walk normally

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).

  • Fibromyalgia

    A condition that causes diffuse pain and muscle aches across the body. The cause is poorly understood.

  • Malignant syndrome

    It is also called Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). It's a rare and serious reaction to certain medicines. The symptoms usually start within 2 weeks of starting the medication, but in some cases, they begin after one dose, or after taking the medication for years. Most common causative medications include antipsychotics and occasionally drugs used to treat or prevent vomiting, Parkinson's disease etc.

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have stiff joints?

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