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Medicines for severe muscle aches - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   Hi. Five days ago I started to encounter severe muscle aches across my entire body, from neck to ankles. Over the past 48 hours, these aches have become considerably worse and it's a real struggle to leave the bed. I have no other traditional flu symptoms such as a blocked nose or sore throat. Could it be I have viral flu and can you recommend anything? Many thanks.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXhere
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age, occupation?
User :   32 XXX
Doctor :   also can u tell me any other symptoms other than body aches ?
Doctor :   like headache, loss of appetite , nausea, vomiting etc ?
User :   no other symptoms - a small cough but nothing extraordinary
Doctor :   Any fever, (just to confirm) ?
User :   no fever - occasional nausea but no real headache
Doctor :   ok,
User :   i did get cold sweats on the first night but they have subsided
Doctor :   have u travelled to any different places, or have there been any ill people whom u came in contact with?
User :   I have been to XXX and XXX - but no malaria countries
User :   in the past year
Doctor :   I think, you could be having a common flu, with a varied presentation, or is in the initial stages
Doctor :   I would suggest you to take tylenol, or Tylenol PM, for your body ache
User :   is this available in the UK over the counter?
Doctor :   apply some cream like diclofenac, which should be available OTC , tylenol (PARACETAMOL ) should be a OTC drug in the XXX
Doctor :   Also, apply heat fomentation over the affected areas,
Doctor :   have your self hydrated with fresh fruit juices and take needed bed rest for a couple of days
User :   is it common for body aches like this to have lasted 4-5 days already?
Doctor :   sometimes, it can occur, when you are working tirelessly or when in stress
Doctor :   But the absence of major symptoms rules out major infective conditions
User :   is it likely other symptoms may develop such as running nose, vomiting - or is this muscle flu as such?
Doctor :   this is just a common flu, as other symptoms should have developed by the 3rd day
Doctor :   and since there have been no symptoms, you can take some rest and you should be fine
Doctor :   Have u tried any meds, lately?
User :   No, nothing different at all
User :   The aches are nothing like I've experienced before - that's why I was so worried...when should I contact my doctor here -- i.e. after how many days?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   if you dont improve within the next 3 days, you should contact your GP, and he will get some blood tests, to help you out
Doctor :   I hope i have answered your queries
User :   ok - so saturday morning here - if i wake up on Tuesday and no improvement, get an appointment? And in the meantime, fluids, paracetomal and rest?
Doctor :   yes , thats right
Doctor :   but you willl feel better when u take the meds that i have suggested
Doctor :   Also, ibuprofen can be a replacement for paracetamol
User :   OK, well thanks very much for your help
Doctor :   you are welcome
User :   have a good day
Doctor :   you too
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   goodbye
Doctor :   please leave your feedbac as u log out
Doctor :   bye for now and take care
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