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What causes headache and joint stiffness? 6 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Temporal Arteritis

Temporal arteritis is a condition in which the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and scalp, become inflamed or damaged. Scalp sensitivity or tenderness is a symptom.

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The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy (metabolize). Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce enough. Untreated, it can cause complications like obesity and heart disease.

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Underactive Pituitary Gland (Hypopituitarism)

The pituitary gland releases hormones that play roles in body processes like bone growth and metabolism. An underactive pituitary can disrupt these processes. Causes may include tumors, traumatic injuries, and diseases.

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Learn about sarcoidosis and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential complications.

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Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Coccidioidomycosis, also known as valley fever, is a fungal infection that starts in the lungs and can potentially spread to the rest of the body. Fever, chills and sweating are common.

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Colorado Tick Fever

An infected Rocky Mountain Wood tick can spread Colorado tick fever, a viral infection. A faint, occasional rash is one symptom of this condition.

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