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My feet, legs, and joints are stiff in the morning why?

By February 14, 2009 - 7:11am
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Wow I am having nearly the same condition. My feet, legs, and knees hurt all the time. But it is worse in the morning, and I am stiff as a board when I get out of bed. It does gradually get better throughout the day. I am 5'6 160lbs. But it always still hurts, when I sit or stand in one position for more than 15minutes it gets worse. My muscles tighten, they become stiff. I can't walk down stairs (I can go up, my knees just make creeking sounds). This all started last May, when my right knee swelled up really big (no injury) then fluid traveled all over in my leg, mostly the way gravity took it, to my ankle. I had no insurance at then time, so I had some crutches at home from my Grandfather, I used those because I couldn't walk. It took a week or do for the swelling to go away. I was scheduled to be out of country in July for a month visiting family, so I went even with my leg bothering me (I could walk again at this point). I was there two weeks and got Shingles, I flew home with it and got trated for it. I still can't walk well, and all of my "old" injuries hurt too, like my pinky finger I broke in 4th grade. I strech still daily, and exercise even though it is extremely painful. It hurts so bad I developed a jaw clinching thing I do it constantly, that hurts too (but not nearly as bad). Any ideas of what the heck is going on with my body? Oh I forgot to mention I went to an orthopedic surgeon, and he told me to lose some weight, he sent me for an xray of my right leg, since that is where it all started, and I haven't been back. The xray was negative.

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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

I sit and get up not being able to walk right for a few minutes. At night, I have to constantly bend and move my legs. as they hurt. Getting up in the morning, my legs are stiff. Wish I knew what it was.

March 21, 2012 - 1:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

Dear Jenb,
I am undergoing a similar situation and my symptoms are the same. Even my medical reports are negative for RA and other auto immune diseases. Have you overcome this condition? I noted that your post is few years old.

January 30, 2012 - 1:03am
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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

I have been experiencing exactly what you are describing for the last few months. Each week seems to get worse and I have had a few other weird symptoms as the weeks progress. More recently I started getting a weird buzzing feeling shooting through one leg which sort of feels like an electric shock and makes my muscles go to jelly. It comes and goes but is very odd. The last maybe 6 weeks I've also started getting weird twitches in the muscles. It's driving me a bit nuts, but I feel the doctors around here just rush you through and don't have time to look at the bigger picture. I have been seeing a psychologist to work on pain management methods as I am allergic to most pain killers and would rather avoid drugs anyway i f I can. She suggested I get tested for MS. Also went to a Osteopath in the same practice thinking maybe previous back troubles could be contributing and he agreed it needs to be assessed more holistically. So now I need to some how come up with the money to see someone he has referred me to for further investigation. Catch 22. Can barely work through the pain and associated tiredness. But need to work to get money to get help so that I can work more. I am sure you can all relate!!!

December 26, 2011 - 10:05pm
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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

I know exactly what you are talking about Jenb. It is so confusing and aggravating that I want to scream or cry, I don't know which. There are things that help some, but don't last for long. Stretching is one, moderate activity is another, (Yoga provides both of those)but every night I just get stiff and ache all over when I try to relax. I can't sleep like I should, then when I wake up in the morning it feels like I have been ran over by a semi truck and I am stiff all over. Seems if my memory suffers from all this and I find it difficult to focus on anything. All I know is that it is terrible to live this way, hurting all over all day long, and being so exhausted. I've had Lupus tests (years ago) ran because of heavy/painful periods and the presence of numerous spider nevi on my torso, but the tests came back negative. They told me (without running tests to confirm) that the spider nevi was from hormones being out of whack, so to speak. Liver is fine, negative for Hep., do know that I have uterine fibroids but I don't think that has to do with the widespread pain that seems as if it gets worse everyday. I often wonder how much pain I am actually in and don't realize it. I mean, if I felt like I did 5 years ago one day, and the next day felt like I do now, how would I react? I say this because I know that our bodies adjust to chronic pain and each level of pain becomes the new norm. What I do know is that this new norm is aweful as I know it today, and I probably would not want to know how bad it really is. Wish doctors knew half as much as they think they know...

July 3, 2011 - 8:14am
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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

Wow Jen I thought I was reading about me. I know it has been awhile since your post but hopefully you are still watching this website. Could you please tell me what you have found out about what is going on with you. You can email me at [email protected] to let you know this put tears to my eyes because I have been to the DR so many times that I feel like I am losing it and that they think I am a person that just thinks they are sick and nothing comes back on my test...Please email me back.

April 4, 2011 - 3:56pm
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I am 46 i work fulltime. but when i get home from work or sit down for a break i get stiff and sore. i feel like iam 80. i have had this promblem for a while seems to be getting worse. i been to doctors and i tell them this run test havent found nothing. i was treated for depression but i am not depressed, theres something wrong i hope i can find out what or find something that can help tired of feeling this way.

February 17, 2011 - 6:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Jenb)

Hi, could you possibly be allergic to certain foods? DrMcDougall.com has some great stories about people being relieved from inflammation by giving up meats and diary! Do you eat/drink dairy? I wake up in the mornings stiff also. really upsets me. Unfortunitely, i love wine, pasta, breads, and coffee so i may be contributing to my problem. But, you're right, we woke up one morning... I had breast surgery - a lift and implants. Then 6 weeks later i tried to start exercising and that's when the 'hell' begin. I first experienced foot pain - terrible pain in my toes when I pushed off of them. My doctors checked my blood and not one ounce of inflammation. I'm still struggling after 3 years. But! If I stay away from over loading from carbs and salt i am better, but not cured.... I don't know what's up. It's like my body or my nerves have tightened up. I also have a sit down job - happened around the same time as surgery! Good Luck, girlfriend. stay positive. karen

August 27, 2009 - 4:02am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

wow so do think the implants and surgery was a factor ....i don't agree with plastic surgery you should love your body for what you have and if your in good health stay away from cosmetic surgery its awful to think people need to alter there body just for a improved appearance....if u think of people born with birth defects they would die to have a normal functioning body,,,so sad the humen race has lost track of what really is important in life!

January 26, 2011 - 5:19am
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I am 73, bascially in good health. I eat well, sleep well, am happy but find a stiffness in my knees and shoulders if not kept in motion. Getting up from the floor is very difficult and I wake during some nights with the need to turn over from a painful shoulder. I walk three times a week on the treadmill 3.3 m/p/h, 37 minutes, with no difficulty. I'd appreciate any advice.

March 1, 2009 - 2:15pm
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