I know we all deal with stiffness but here lately I have been dealing with what feels like a different kind. It's not like just waking and you can't really move. My muscles and tendons feel like they are shortening. If that makes any sense. It hurts really bad to move certain muscles. It actually feels like I don't have the capability to stretch. It's hard to explain. My muscles just feel like they are wasting away. This morning I couldn't use my left arm for a while. I couldn't move it to where my elbow had to straighten up. If I sit indian style my legs won't straighten up completely for a few minutes. This is so painful. I guess I'm just whinning but dang it hurts. It's kind of scarry too. I feel like I losing my muscle capabilities. I do stretching exercises so it's not like I'm not doing anything. Maybe it's just one of those things that will just last a few days. I hope!!! When I stretch my arms out above my head and try to stretch my back a little I can hear cracking sounds in my back. Any one close to me can hear it also. Do any of you have this? Over the past couple of years it's become worse. Sounds like 50 knucles being cracked at the same time. Just raising my shoulders will cause this also.