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Dr. Alan Jackson
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Why do my muscles ache when I have the flu?

Dr. Alan Jackson
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Why do my muscles ache when I have the flu?

Your body: And it's response to infection. This is normal! ...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?

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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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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I woke up with chills, muscle aches, and a headache. A member in my household has the Flu. I don't have a fever. Could I have the Flu? I am 27.

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I woke up with chills, muscle aches, and a headache. A member in my household has the Flu. I don't have a fever. Could I have the Flu? I am 27.

Mgt: It is quite possible. Tarmiflu can shorten the duration of your illness if you do have the flu. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

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My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off  not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

Does sound like flu: Take your temperature after 4 pm (when fever shows itself). Use an ear or temple device or, if you use an oral thermometer, be sure not to eat or drink for 30 minutes beforehand. It's possible that you had a fever a week ago and that you're on the tail-end of this illness when fever has resolved. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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.

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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.

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

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I have the flu fever, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and i'm in wi. Where do I get tested to see what vaccine i need?

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I have the flu fever, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and i'm in wi. Where do I get tested to see what vaccine i need?

No vaccine: No vaccine is available and vaccines prevent disease, they do not treat it once it starts. You have a bad cold. You will get better. See a doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I've been sick for days now. Body aches and all. Do I have the flu?

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I've been sick for days now. Body aches and all. Do I have the flu?

You may see your MD: You may have flu or another kind of viral infection se your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Dr. David Mcadams
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I have POTS and my whole body has been aching for a couple months like I have the flu. Is this part of POTS or something else?

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I have POTS and my whole body has been aching for a couple months like I have the flu. Is this part of POTS or something else?

Possibly: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardiac Syndrome (POTS) is a general form of dysautonomia, meaning the entire autonomic nervous system can be involved. Tachycardia, lightheadedness, fainting, weakness, etc can all be common symptoms. But a smaller percentage of patients can develop generalized muscle pain and feeling achy (15-20%). So yes it may be related, but if it is ongoing get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do I have the flu? I have sinus and chest congestion, cough, headache and aches.

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Do I have the flu?  I have sinus and chest congestion, cough, headache and aches.

Possible: Tylenol 500 mg every 6 hours will help. ...Read more

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Yesterday i had all of the typical symptoms of the flu: body aches, fever (103.3), vomiting, etc. Today i feel fine. Did I have the flu or what?

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Yesterday i had all of the typical symptoms of the flu: body aches, fever (103.3), vomiting, etc. Today i feel fine. Did I have the flu or what?

Sound like you had..: Usually flu gets better in 2-3 days. If persists you may need medical attention. ...Read more

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