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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 twinsmom)

Hi This is JenB. All my test results were negative also. You need to get to a doctor who will sit down and go over ALL of your medical history. I was so fortunate to get a DR who reviewed my medical history, my symptoms, and pain areas. My husband went with me to the visit, it lasted 2 1/2 hours! SO you must find a DR who is ready to LISTEN to you. But it does sound like RA. I tried everything to help myself before finally sucumbing to taking medicines. Don't give up if the doctor wont take to time with you, then walk out! If you wait for more than an hour in the waiting room, then just leave, those doctors just see patients like an assembly line, and they dont manage their appointment times. Good luck keep me posted if you need help researching a doctor let me know what city you live and I will help you. I have many friends in almost every state in the U.S. ----JenB

April 6, 2011 - 8:45am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi JenB,
I just began researching because lately my legs have gotten really stiff. The morning is worse, but when I get up after sitting for a little while my legs get stiff again. I found something very interesting online during my research - lyme disease can be the underlying cause and if this is the cause, you will definitely want to have it checked because it can get much more serious if left untreated. I will be having myself checked for it as well, most likely it's nothing more than arthritis (which I have already been diagnosed with), but my other symptoms make me feel I at least need to be checked for it.
Late Stage Lyme Disease
Acute rheumatic fever
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cold & Flu
Dysthymia/seasonal depression disorder, PND
Infectious arthritis
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Mosquito-borne diseases
Multiple Sclerosis
Rheumatoid arthritis

From the website: http://www.lymejustice.com/stories/tg_arizona.html

He also tested me for Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. All of these tests came back negative. I did have one reactive strain (41 kDa) of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal bacteria which causes Lyme disease.

Good luck!

May 6, 2011 - 7:35pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Well I went to the Dr and he couldnt believe first of all that I was on such a high dose of Zoloft. So he asked me who put me on this hih of dose and I told him my family DR. He told me that it was to high and we need to wein you down because I have a feeling that this will be alot of your problem. So I have started the weining of the meds. It's amazing that my face and head of stop itching. I was ready to tear my hair out. What a difference in just 2 weeks makes. He thinks that I was being over medicated with Zoloft.

April 8, 2011 - 5:05pm
(reply to twinsmom)

I am so sorry to hear that you were over-medicated by your family doctor, and that a lower dose of Zoloft has relieved your symptoms.

Have you given your family doctor this information?

April 12, 2011 - 11:17am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi. I too have pain now from my knees down to my feet, and have also been wondering what's been going on in my body. It's severely worse when I wake up in the morning or sitting, and can't walk until a few minutes or so. My feet are in such pain, and now my knees are starting to feel it. I've always been a healthy woman all my life, (only in a hospital once for my daughter's birth 11 yrs ago). I'm 51, 5'8" about 30 lbs overweight (I know, but exercising isn't possible since it's so painful just to walk). Friends say it's a circulation problem, but I need more info. I also believe I have plantar fascillitis in my left foot after researching my symptons online.

I don't have medical insurance so I won't go to a doctor just yet. Perhaps this new pain in my lower legs is resulting from the PF? I work P/T (18-25 hrs/wk) where I'm on my feet 8 hrs at a time, with 1 hr break. Any advice what's going on, or suggestions please?
Thank you so much!

March 4, 2011 - 9:10am
EmpowHER Guest

I posted a few times back about my own experiences. I'm a lot better now, and two things may be the reason; hormones are shifting from pre-menopause to menopause to the "other side". And I started focusing on alkaline producing foods. So cut way back on acidic forming foods, and wheat, white potatoes, and sugar. Lost quite a bit of weight, which wasn't a concern for me, but now I'm pretty thin. Also, just had my pulse checked and after 30 years of being around 83 beats per minute, I'm down to 64. I don't take naps anymore, and the pain is more normal for 56 years old. However, I feel like more exercise and more raw greens and fruit will help even more. But the awful pain in my legs upon rising is gone.

October 15, 2010 - 6:36am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous

Thank you for checking back in with us. It's great to hear you are feeling better! I'm sure your experiences will help others here on the site.

October 15, 2010 - 6:54am
EmpowHER Guest

May I make a suggestion, I don't know what you have but to relieve a lot of the pain You may want to try Tai Chi or Qi Gong. The chinese use this from of exercise to keep flexible and healthy. Go to Barns and noble or order from Amazon a DVD. But try to practice everyday.
Good Luck.

June 16, 2010 - 7:56pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Are you suggesting this because it's worked for you? Call you tell us more for our readers who aren't familiar with Tai Chi or Qi Gong? Were these hard to learn? Would love to hear from you. Pat

September 17, 2010 - 4:30pm
EmpowHER Guest

I experience the same thing and I am 38 years old JenB. I get stiff all the time. I can't sit like indian style at all. If I do that it is the worst possible feeling when i try to get up from that. Its like I'm ok while I am sitting,it's when I need to get up is when it hurts. My muscles ache and my joints are stiff in my knees and ankles. I even get muscle aches in my buttocks, my actual knee itself like in the joints when I'm sitting in a chair for longer than 30 minutes. Its weird cuz its only my legs and knees and ankles and feet. Its not really anywere else except my hands and wrist.

June 9, 2010 - 9:44pm
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