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Body Aches (Definition)

Muscle pain is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically-demanding work. In these situations, the pain tends to involve specific muscles and starts during or just after the activity. It is usually obvious which activity is causing the pain. Muscle pain also can be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections (including the flu) and disorders that affect connective tissues throughout the ...Read more


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Productive cough has turned into dry cough. Fever of 101.6 at its highest, comes down with tylenol. Sneezing, headache, body aches, chills. Pneumonia?

Productive cough has turned into dry cough. Fever of 101.6 at its highest, comes down with tylenol. Sneezing, headache, body aches, chills. Pneumonia?

Cough ; fever: This time of year and those symptoms are screaming influenza. Did you get flu shot this year? If it's in the first 2 days of the illness, try to get in to doc as there is an anti-flu medication that can be given as long as you do it early. If it's been longer, then fluids, rest. Pneumonia is a possibility, but usually not body aches/headache with that. If short of breath, painful breath, see doc! ...Read more

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Been sick for 5 days. Fever, chills, cough, fatigue, headache, body aches, sore throat, not much mucus, some nausea. When should I see a dr?

Been sick for 5 days. Fever, chills, cough, fatigue, headache, body aches, sore throat, not much mucus, some nausea. When should I see a dr?

Good question.: Sounds like you might have the flu. There is no necessity to see the doc unless you take a sudden turn for the worse, have progressive symptoms or serious symptoms (shortness of breath, inability to keep down fluids, lethargy, etc.). These virtually always resolve. Go Seahawks! ...Read more

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I have severe body aches, chills then fever, slight nausea, exhaustion. No cold, no headache...Am baffled as to what is wrong.

I have severe body aches, chills then fever, slight nausea, exhaustion.  No cold, no headache...Am baffled as to what is wrong.

Sun stroke/viral: C ur pcp 4 an exam & labs. Been hot in the east & 2 much sun can b a cause. In the mean time keep well hydrated, gatorade or similar also 4 electrolytes while u wait 2 b cn. ...Read more

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Day 6 of 100+\- fever, severe body aches and chills, congestion and I had a severe headache that lasted 4 days and finally passed. Flu test negative.

Day 6 of 100+\- fever, severe body aches and chills, congestion and I had a severe headache that lasted 4 days and finally passed. Flu test negative.

Sounds like flu: The test for flu is not very reliable. The CDC reports it is 40-70% sensitive, which means that a negative tests are falsely negative in 30-60% cases. Most clinicians report that the test is negative in ~50% of patients with clinical symptoms consistent with flu. Your symptoms are consistent with the flu, and it is most likely cause of these symptoms during winter months in a young adult. ...Read more

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Small bouts of diarrhea for 24 hours, some body aches, slight fever and occasional chills, small tension headache. Diagnosis?

Small bouts of diarrhea for 24 hours, some body aches, slight fever and occasional chills, small tension headache. Diagnosis?

Many symptoms: These symptoms could represent many illnesses, with fever it is most likely infection. It may be a virus, just difficult to know without an exam, so if your symptoms persist be checked. All the best. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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Chills (Definition)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in ...Read more


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