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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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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?

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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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

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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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

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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?

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 have had the flu for the past 8 days. I am feeling better just a little tired. I am experiencing severe leg muscle pain and knee joint aches?

I have had the flu for the past 8 days. I am feeling better just a little tired. I am experiencing severe leg muscle pain and knee joint aches?

See your doctor: See your doctor if these symtoms do not improve soon. Rare, but flu can cause rhadomyolysis which affects the muscles and can be a serious condition. ...Read more

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I have had the flu for over 9 days. I get queasy eating foods, get dizzy easily and have muscle aches. How long does the flu normally last?

7-10 days: If you had influenza you should be near the end of your illness and should start feeling better soon. Get a flu shot next year and prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


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