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Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your muscle stiffness/rigidity symptoms, including 6 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

6 Possible Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity Causes

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

Copper deficiency

Copper is a natural element necessary to many of the body's daily processes. Although found in the body in small amounts, copper is crucial to the proper functioning of the nervous, musculoskeletal, and immune systems, as well as the creation of red blood cells. A deficiency, or an in...

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Langerhans cell histiocytosis

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disorder characterized by dysfunction and proliferation of a particular type of immune cell. Collections of these dysfunctional cells infiltrate various tissues in the body leading to a wide variety of di...

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Malignant hyperthermia

Malignant hyperthermia is a genetic condition (runs in families) that results in a severe reaction to anesthesia. The reaction is caused by genetic abnormalities in proteins that control muscle function.

Symptoms include muscle rigidity, very high body temperature, inc...

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Canavan disease

Canavan disease is an extremely rare genetic disorder. It causes the brain to degenerate into spongy tissue with lots of tiny fluid-filled spaces. Usually this disease is discovered in the first 3 to 6 months of a person's life. It causes progressive destruction of the brain.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: muscle stiffness/rigidity, developmental delay, moving less frequently, low muscle tone, poor control of head movement

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Maple syrup urine disease

Maple syrup urine disease is an inherited disorder in which the body is unable to process certain protein building blocks (amino acids) properly. The condition gets its name from the distinctive sweet odor of affected infants' urine and is also characterized by poor feeding, vomiting, lack of energy (lethargy).

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, trouble sleeping, severe fatigue, maple syrup urine smell, difficulty walking

Symptoms that always occur with maple syrup urine disease: maple syrup urine smell

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a lifelong condition movement disorder. It is caused by the malfunction and death of nerve cells which results in symptoms like tremors.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, nausea, constipation

Symptoms that always occur with parkinson's disease: symptoms of parkinsonism

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity

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

  • Do you have a blood pressure cuff that you could use to take your blood pressure?
  • If you can remember, were you delivered early, on time, or late?
  • Have you noticed any changes in the color of your urine recently?
  • Did anyone in your family suffer from Malignant Hyperthermia?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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

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Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced muscle stiffness/rigidity have also experienced:

  • 5% Muscle Aches
  • 4% Lower Back Pain
  • 4% Fatigue

People who have experienced muscle stiffness/rigidity were most often matched with:

  • 50% Malignant Hyperthermia
  • 28% Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • 21% Copper Deficiency

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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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.