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What is morning stiffness like in people with fibromyalgia?

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Most people with fibromyalgia feel like they need to "loosen up" after getting out of bed before they can start the day. The muscles and joints of their back, arms, and legs feel stiff. It's not typical creakiness. It's more like the stiffness someone with rheumatoid arthritis feels.

Although some people say it lasts only a few minutes, the stiffness usually sticks around for more than 15 to 20 minutes each day. Sometimes it lasts for hours, and it could linger all day.

From: Fibromyalgia Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/11/2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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