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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What's the best way to treat muscle aches from the flu?

Agree w Dr. Krauser: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pull a muscle near the ovaries from coughing? I have had the flu for a week and have coughed so much now that I am having pain there

Is it possible to pull a muscle near the ovaries from coughing? I have had the flu for a week and have coughed so much now that I am having pain there

Yes: You have ligaments throughout your pelvis and it's definitely possible to pull a ligament (not a muscle) in the pelvic region. Excess coughing has been known to cause pain in the pelvic region. Good luck and hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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Does fibromyalgia cause severe body aches, not muscle aches, but, body aches, like a bad case of the flu? Had it for 3 mos, pac said she thought it was

Does fibromyalgia cause severe body aches, not muscle aches, but, body aches, like a bad case of the flu? Had it for 3 mos, pac said she thought it was

Amplified pain: Fibromyalgia is a type of amplified pain syndrome where normal sensations such as touch or light pressure causes pain. Often causes "pain all over" including joints and muscles. It can feel similar to the joint and muscle pain that comes with the flu, but with fibromyalgia, there is no evidence of active infection. Seek a rheumatologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Can the cold or the flu cause fever that gets better in the morning, headaches, chills, and muscle aches for more than 2 days?

Can the cold or the flu cause fever that gets better in the morning, headaches, chills, and muscle aches for more than 2 days?

Yes: The flu virus often causes fever, headaches, cough, headaches, fatigue and muscle aches for 5-10 days. It's common for someone to have normal temperature in the morning with fever in the late afternoon and evening. A cold usually causes less severe symptoms and low-grade or no fever. ...Read more

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I got my flu shot this year, but i've gotten sick and my symptoms include muscle aches and fever. Is it possible I have the flu?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. Ultimately the purpose for the flu shot is not to prevent the flu, rather it is to prevent you from dying from the flu or flu related illnesses. That said, the flu shot does reduce risk of getting the flu and often makes the bout less severe if you do get it. ...Read more

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High temperature, muscle and joint aches, but no cough. could it still be the flu?

High temperature, muscle and joint aches, but no cough. could it still be the flu?

Flu. : Those symptoms could certainly represent the flu. You should be evaluated to be sure. Not everyone with the flu will cough. ...Read more

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Is muscle twitching a side effect of the flu vaccination?

Is muscle twitching a side effect of the flu vaccination?

Not usually.: But, the vaccine injected into the upper arm muscle can cause some spasms which i'd say are not dangerous. ...Read more

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My mother has fallen ill with apparently a fever and muscle aches all day. She has been taking naps all day. She thinks it the flu. Thoughts?

My mother has fallen ill with apparently a fever and muscle aches all day. She has been taking naps all day. She thinks it the flu. Thoughts?

Very early for flu: Likely a viral illness but bacterial infections can cause these symptoms as well If she continues to feel this way see a doctor to make sure there isn't an infectious process going on ...Read more

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I just got over the flu, but have a lingering cough thats pretty harsh. My lower abdomen now hurts rite above my waist line appendix or muscle?

I just got over the flu, but have a lingering cough thats pretty harsh. My lower  abdomen now hurts rite above my waist line appendix or muscle?

Common problem: It is common after a viral infection resolves, that a cough may linger. It generally resolves within 8 weeks and is called a post-viral cough (duh). To cough, you use abdominal muscles but with excessive coughing these become sore. If a fever returns, fatigue continues, productive cough or breathing difficulties develop, see a doctor. A mild pneumonia/bronchitis can follow viral infections. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a very mild case of the flu? I have cold chills, feel hot but no fever, my muscles are sore, and I feel weak. No other symptoms

Is there such thing as a very mild case of the flu? I have cold chills, feel hot but no fever, my muscles are sore, and I feel weak. No other symptoms

Viral illness: Do not know whether or not this is influenza, but different people react differently to infections. If you had been vaccinated and then got influenza you might get a milder case than your average non-immunized cohort. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Why would I be achy everywhere like I have the flu? I'm not sick or have a fever, just muscle aches everywhere. Negative back and neck MRI.

Why would I be achy everywhere like I have the flu? I'm not sick or have a fever, just muscle aches everywhere. Negative back and neck MRI.

Still could be flue: body ache is a sign of viral illness, flue is the most common, negative fever or other flue symptoms ,will not rule out flue, of course it could be other and hydration. the virus adsorbed our fluid like a sponge. that will create the body ache. body ache could be a symptoms for Lyme disease ,specially if you spent a lot of time outdoors. could be a side effect of anti cholesterol medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Upadya
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Muscle Pain (Definition)

Also known as myalgia, muscle pain is a result of overuse or stretching of the muscle. Muscle pain can occur either becuase of an infection or because of a mechanical injury. It can be acute, or chronic pain that ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more