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What health conditions cause joint stiffness other than arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Very few.

As many people feel stiffness, as feel pain, when their arthritis begins.
Tight muscles is simple answer, but not the answer most often. Hypothyroidism can make you feel stiff. I feel stiif, but with some soreness after too vigorous exercise. Age stiffens us all, because or collagen fibers crosslink with ageing. If anti-inflammatory drugs help your stiffness (aleve (naproxen) or motrin), you have arthritis.

In brief: Very few.

As many people feel stiffness, as feel pain, when their arthritis begins.
Tight muscles is simple answer, but not the answer most often. Hypothyroidism can make you feel stiff. I feel stiif, but with some soreness after too vigorous exercise. Age stiffens us all, because or collagen fibers crosslink with ageing. If anti-inflammatory drugs help your stiffness (aleve (naproxen) or motrin), you have arthritis.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: See below

Any condition that can cause you to retain water and swell the arms and legs can cause joint stiffness.
For instance, low thyroid can do this. Certain heart, kidney and liver conditions that cause you to retain fluid can also make your joints feel stiff. Conditions that stiffen the skin called scleroderma can also make the joints feel stiff. Certain neurological conditions also. See your doc

In brief: See below

Any condition that can cause you to retain water and swell the arms and legs can cause joint stiffness.
For instance, low thyroid can do this. Certain heart, kidney and liver conditions that cause you to retain fluid can also make your joints feel stiff. Conditions that stiffen the skin called scleroderma can also make the joints feel stiff. Certain neurological conditions also. See your doc
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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