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Is muscle pain AFTER a virus a normal thing?

Asked by Sunnybunny (469 points ) February 18th, 2012

A few days ago I came down with some kind of virus with the main symptoms being congestion, fatigue, and the worst sore throat I’ve ever had. One of my kids had the same thing before I got sick so I know it wasn’t strep throat. No fever and no rash. I spent most of the last two days in bed.

Yesterday I started to feel better but by the evening I had some really sore muscles. When I got up this morning I could only hobble around. The pain is mostly in my ankles, especially the tendon at the back of my right heel, behind both knees, and the insides of my elbows. It feels a bit better after I move around but if I sit down everything is stiff and sore again when I get up. I still have a bit of a sore throat, but nothing like it was.

I never felt like this after an illness and don’t know if it is normal. Has it happened to anyone else here? I’ll call the doctor on Monday if I’m not getting better but meanwhile can someone explain what is going on?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

Staying in bed for two days is enough to do that to you. Keep moving around and do some stretching exercises each morning and you’ll be fine. : )

gailcalled's avatar

Do you live in an area where you have ticks? The symptoms of Lyme disease are very flu-like and linger for a long time if not treated with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

Strep would not cause ankle pain.

Lyme disease

I found a Lyme tick on my cat (who goes outside) last week, with its (tick’s) legs still fluttering weakly. Because my cat gets a monthly dose of Frontline for fleas and ticks, the tick was looking very odd although still alive, barely.

It is cold and wintery here in the US NE and the ticks are still around.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@gailcalled

Good point! I had Lyme disease but fortunately it was caught very early. A bite from a Lyme disease-carying tick resembles a large bruise which usually feels hot to the touch, but which usually disappears within a few days. The long-term effects are often dire, but take years to develop. For more information see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002296/

gailcalled's avatar

And not everyone get the bulls eye rash, it should be noted.

I remember two years ago panicking and rushing to my doctor to have her check the rash. It turned out to be a common bruise from my having walked into the corner of a glass-topped coffee table.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LOL! @gailcalled

Better a bruise than a Lyme symptom! : )

john65pennington's avatar

A 20 minute soak in a hot tub of water should take care of your muscle problems.

Lying in bed for two days is probably the culprit.

JLeslie's avatar

Your muscle pain could be unrelated to your cold. The timing could be a coincidence. But, viruses can do some weird shit to the body. Many people with fibromyalgia say it immediately followed a bad “cold.” did you take medicine for your cold? Is a med you habe never taken before?

Lymes sounds possible, that is a reasonable thing to check for, especially if you live in the right part of the coutry.

I am the last to run to the doctor, but if the pain is very unusual I think you are right to go on Monday. Although, unless it is straight forward like Lymes (which is not even always straight forward) if your pain persists you probably need a rheumatologist.

I hope it just resolves itself over the weekend :).

By the way strep throat does not have congestion. A typical cold is 24–48 hours of sore throat, then about 12 hours of feeling better, and then the congestion starts, entire process lasts for a week. Going to the doctor for a sore throat when there is no fever is usually a waste of time, unless the sore throat lasts more than 48 hours.

Sunnybunny's avatar

I only mentioned strep because it can lead to rheumatic fever if it isn’t treated and muscle or joint pain is one of the symptoms. But I think in that case it’s more severe than what I’ve been experience.

I feel much, much better now and only have a little soreness. Maybe it was just being off my feet for so long which is quite a rare thing. Plus I am not as young as I used to be! Lyme is a problem around here but I don’t have any other symptoms of it. I appreciate the answers and like I said I will follow up if the pain persists.

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