Joint Stiffness

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  • The little finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The little finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The middle finger of the left hand is stiff

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

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.

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a form of arthritis that occurs in children under 16 years of age. It's a chronic condition, lasting for months and years. It affects one or more joints for at least 6 weeks. JIA occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and the reason why that happens is unknown.

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Related serious diseases

  • Malignant syndrome

    It is also called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). It's a rare and serious reaction to certain medicines. Symptoms typically start within hours to days after exposure to the medication, but sometimes can happen after two weeks up to a month from starting it. Most common causative medications include antipsychotics and occasionally drugs used to treat or prevent vomiting, Parkinson's disease etc. Symptoms include dangerously high body temperature, muscular rigidity, and severe agitation and altered mental status.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have stiff joints?

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Rheumatology & Allergy

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