Morning Joint Stiffness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your morning joint stiffness symptoms, including 5 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Morning Joint Stiffness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

5 Possible Morning Joint Stiffness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced morning joint stiffness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by att...

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Knee bursitis (pes anserine bursitis)

Pes anserinus means "goose's foot. In this case it refers to the appearance of the three pes anserinus tendons which lie together at the inside of the knee, about two inches below the level of the kneecap.

Pes anserine bursae are small cushion-like structures which lie between the tibia, or shinbone, and the pes anserinus tendons. Inflammation of these bursae is called pes anserine bursitis.

Bursitis is most often caused by overuse. Pes anserine bursitis is found in runners, especially when training without sufficient warmup. It can also occur where there is osteoarthritis of the knee; a knee that turns outward; or obesity.

Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and swelling of the bursa, especially with climbing stairs or other exercise.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and x-ray.

Treatment involves rest; ice; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and swelling; physical therapy; and sometimes corticosteroid injections into the injured bursa. Surgery may be done if conservative measures do not help.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, spontaneous knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, knee pain that gets worse when standing up

Symptoms that always occur with knee bursitis (pes anserine bursitis): pain in one knee

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a set of chronic symptoms that include ongoing fatigue, diffuse tenderness to touch, musculoskeletal pain, and usually some degree of depression.

The cause is not known. When fibromyalgia appears, it is usually after a stressful physical or emotional event such as an automobile accident or a divorce. It may include a genetic component where the person experiences normal sensation as pain.

Almost 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women. Anyone with rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, may be more prone to fibromyalgia.

Poor sleep is often a symptom, along with foggy thinking, headaches, painful menstrual periods, and increased sensitivity to heat, cold, bright lights, and loud noises.

There is no standard test for fibromyalgia. The diagnosis is usually made when the above symptoms go on for three months or more with no apparent cause.

Fibromyalgia does not go away on its own but does not get worse, either.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, arthralgias or myalgias, anxiety, depressed mood, headache

Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia: arthralgias or myalgias

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Knee arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in both knees, knee stiffness, knee instability, swollen knee, morning joint stiffness

Symptoms that always occur with knee arthritis: pain in both knees

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition which causes inflammation of the joints. In most circumstances, psoriatic arthritis presents between the ages of 30 and 50 years and occurs after the manifestation of the symptoms of psoriasis, which is a disease of the skin. Psoriatic arthritis...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Morning Joint Stiffness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your fingernails?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Morning Joint Stiffness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced morning joint stiffness have also experienced:

  • 6% Lower Back Pain
  • 4% Fatigue
  • 3% Joint Pain

People who have experienced morning joint stiffness were most often matched with:

  • 42% Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 42% Fibromyalgia
  • 14% Knee Bursitis (Pes Anserine Bursitis)

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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