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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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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 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

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

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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I have the flu for the 2nd time in 2months , i'm 40 years old and never had the flu before. My lower spine is sore, is that a flulike symptom.

I have the flu for the 2nd time in 2months , i'm 40 years old and never had the flu before. My lower spine is sore, is that a flulike symptom.

See Doctor: Recurrent non specific flu like symptoms can be the sign of underlying problem. If can be sign of festering localized infection or pathology. See doctor. ...Read more

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I have the flu and I am so sore, i can't move?

I have the flu and I am so sore, i can't move?

Myalgia...: Myalgia, or muscle pain, is common with influenza. Taking ibuprofen, drinking plenty of fluids, and resting are the best ways to get over the flu and feel better. If your symptoms just started (<24 hours ago) and you actually were shown to be positive for influenza type a, your doc could prescribe you tamiflu, (oseltamivir) which would help you get over things a little faster. Otherwise, rest up. ...Read more

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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?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more