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Question for Dr. V
lupycakes posted:

At my rheumy appointments, I am always given a questionnaire that asks, "how long does your joint stiffness last in the morning?" The selection of answers are anywhere between less than 15 minutes to a couple hours. I never know how to answer that question because for me, joint stiffness lasts all day - any time a joint is inactive for 10 minutes or so, it becomes stiff. I feel like I have to break the joints free each time I move - especially the hands and feet. In fact my feet make popping sounds that can be heard across a room. Once I break them free they are fine until I stop moving.

Is this kind of constant stiffness normal for lupus? Whenever I google my symptoms I get RA information. And while I also have Sjogrens and Raynauds, my rheumy hasn't mentioned RA...

Just curious if this was normal for lupus.

Thanks for any insight you can throw my way!

Lisa (aka cake lady)

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