Night Time

Morning Everyone,

I've been going through a fairly 'quiet' period after having my skin graft and being off work for 5 weeks over the festive period and I think the rest did me a world of good.

One symptom I have in varying degrees which is quite bothersome is very stiff and clicking joints of a night. Generally this is my shoulders , hips and knees but can extend to ankles and wrists . The pain is enough to wake me up and i have to mobilise and 'click'.

I have been diagnosed with SLE, hyper mobility , fybromialgia and have arthritis. Currently taking hydroxychloroquine , Celebrex , Amytriptaline and cocodamol I also use voltarol gel.

Just wondering if anyone else has similar symptoms and knows how to relieve them?

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Skin Graft? What was it for if you don't mind me asking this? Hope it's healing well for you.


Leg ulcer all healed nicely thank goodness


Oh that's very good!! My daughter had it once, the graft from her thigh.

As for clicking, wondered if it's from hypermobility?


Have a look at ehlers danlos x


Hi Debbiemay,

I'm experiencing really similar issues! The pain will wake me up, the only difference being that I'm not able to click my joints to alleviate it. However, I have not been formally diagnosed with anything yet! (Currently I'm told i have an immune mediated neurological response!) I'm on methotrexate and amytriptaline. This is the only link I could suggest, as I'm told one of the side effects of amytriptaline is a stiffing of joints.

I've been on it for about 3 months to help aid me to sleep, but only within the last three weeks have i experienced joint issues. It first woke me up in the night when I was unable to bend the fingers on my right hand, the next night it was both hands! This is an intermittent problem as it doesn't happen every night. Last week I was awake for a long while as I was barely able to move, my knees, hips, should neck and hands were stiff and all aching whenever I moved them. Does this sound similar to you? I am seeing my consultant on Thursday so will be asking if the amytriptaline could be causing it, or whether it is something to be concerned about.

I have also been having pains in my joints during the day. Sometimes a dull ache within my bones, but more recently acute pain in my knees, specifically when walking down stairs. No idea if its all linked though.

Unfortunately as I don't know whats causing it, I can't advise on relieving it, but will post if my consultant has any ideas.


Unfortunately with Lupus SLE and different types of arthritis I think all of the above can apply.. Hopefully your consultant will do some bloods to rule out certain conditions. Will be interested to see what they say about amytriptaline as I have been on it a couple of years now x


I agree...Lupus knows how to "torture" you by using different tools as it pleases until you had enough of it. My experience anyway....x


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