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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Morning Joint Stiffness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced morning joint stiffness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    RA is a chronic disease which requires lifelong control.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Knee Bursitis (Pes Anserine Bursitis)

    Pes anserine bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the knee.

    Days to weeks (up to 8 weeks)

    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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  3. 3.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is generally a lifelong condition

    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
  4. 4.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.

    Knee arthritis is a chronic problem once it develops.

    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
  5. 5.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    This type of arthritis can be managed with treatment, and permanent damage can be prevented. However, the underlying cause (psoriasis) is currently incurable.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder pain, lower back pain, joint pain, upper back pain, hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Morning Joint Stiffness

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

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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 visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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