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"My knee feels stiff when I sit for a long time and it hurts to get up. But, after I walk for a few minutes, the pain eases up."
"My hands are stiff in the morning or after I take a nap during the day. After I have been awake for about twenty minutes, the pain is completely gone."
"My lower back is very tight in the morning and it hurts to get out of the bed. I do a few exercises and my back seems to loosen up."
The above are just a few of the comments I hear on an almost daily basis. In osteoarthritis, joints are commonly sore, stiff, and painful after sleep or after resting them for a while. After getting up, the joints "loosen up" as they move around and are used. In the spine, the small facet joints are a common source of arthritis and back pain. The facet joints work as hinge joints similar to the hinges on a door. In a young, non-arthritic person, the joints glide smoothly over one another. However, as the joints become arthritic, they function more as a rusty hi...
Stiffness in a joint; Pain - joints; Arthralgia
Follow prescribed therapy in treating the underlying cause.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as frequently as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Consult your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medica...
With apologies to George Gershwin, I thought it might be nice to review with you the importance of the circadian rhythm in rheumatoid arthritis. I am often asked by my patients why they have more pain and stiffness in the morning. After all, I never ask about "evening stiffness." It's always morning stiffness on my mind when I ask a patient how he or she is doing. It appears that this is related to the circadian rhythm, which refers to the 24-hour biological cycles we all have, and which includes variations in hormone and nervous system activity. These variations in turn have a significant impact on disease, and thus the types of complaints a patient might have in the course of a day. In past blogs I have written about the anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drugs such as Enbrel , Humira and Remicade . And I have written about the anti-interleukin (IL)-6 drug Actemra . TNF and IL-6 are biochemicals which cause inflammation that leads to rheumatoid a...
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