Are You Having Fibromyalgia Morning Stiffness

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Morning Stiffness

There are various symptoms that come with morning stiffness. Some of these are:

  • Insomnia
  • Tightness of the muscles after waking up.
  • Tightness of the muscles after a long period of resting.
  • Aching and throbbing muscle pain, including the legs, arms, hands, feet, etc.
  • Inability to extend some joints and having a limited range of motion.
  • Stiffness in the back, head and neck.

What Triggers Fibromyalgia Morning Stiffness 

No one really knows the real cause behind fibromyalgia muscle stiffness. And as you know, fibromyalgia remains a mystery to many.

Usually, morning stiffness is a result of inflammatory arthritis which is somewhat similar to rheumatoid arthritis. It can also last up to a day. Fibromyalgia, on the other hand, is not a type of inflammatory arthritis. Therefore, it should not produce the kind of muscle soreness and stiffness that it normally would.

There are several theories that exist as to why fibromyalgia patients have morning stiffness. Similar to inflammatory arthritis, the stiffness can be due to the following:

  • Lack of activity or exercise.
  • Accumulation of fluid around the joints.
  • Overuse of certain muscles.
  • Stress due to the improper movement of the limbs.


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  1. says: Sandra Clifton

    I have all the symptoms of stiffness you mention and cannot ignore a painful left hip. Fibro started in about 1983.

  2. says: Elba Sanchez

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 22 years ago and honestly the worst symptom is the all over stiffness that can last for hours and produces such chronic pains. I wish there was a treatment we could all use that really worked.

  3. says: Sandra Clifton

    Have just heard from my GP that my left hip is worn out (knackered was the comment!) ! Last time I had a hip replacement I had strong pains in my thigh once the epidural had worn off. Not looking forward to that again!

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