Is it common to have joint pain/stiffness? I woke up a few months ago in the middle of the night and my left index finger was so stiff and i had to keep bending it for the pain to gradually subside. Since then it hasn't been the same it's weaker and if i catch it on something a certain way it really hurts. It since has done the same on my right side now. Also my elbow joints are stiff in the morning.