Muscle pain and flu and arthritis

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Muscle pain is most frequently related to overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or work.

Muscle pain also can be a sign of conditions such as infections (including the flu) and disorders that affect connective tissues (such as lupus).

For people who actually do have influenza (the flu), common symptoms include:

• High fever (hovering above 101°F) and chilliness;
• Severe muscle aches and pains;
• Traditional cold symptoms;

Both colds and flu tend to last for about five or six days. Muscle aches accompanying the flu can be debilitating.

Some patients will develop flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot with muscular aches (myalgias) and joint aches (arthralgias). These usually resolve within 48 hours and can be treated symptomatically. Patients can develop arthritic symptoms following an actual viral infection such as parvovirus. This can even lead to a rheumatoid arthritis-like condition. Patients with chronic viral conditions such as Hepatitis C infection may have recurrent joint aches (arthralgias).

One common cause of muscle aches and pains is fibromyalgia, a condition that includes tenderness in your muscles and surrounding soft tissue, sleep difficulties, fatigue, and headaches.

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