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Can bacterial infections of the respiratory tract lead to joints pain and stiffness?

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2001

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Posted on Tue, 9 Oct 2018 in Back Pain
Question: What could be causing stiff neck and pain in the shoulder for over a week. Also I've been coughig for almost two weeks, frequently producing thick yellow mucus. (I'm 75 years old)
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 41 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Muscle aches and pain can occur with infection

Detailed Answer:


Joint pain or stiffness can accompany a viral or bacterial infection involving the respiratory tract (cold or flu).

In addition to the pain that can occur with these infections, slight jerking or tension of the neck can occur with repeated coughing which can contribute to the pain especially if there is underlying arthritis of the neck.

Paracetamol/Tylenol or ibuprofen or naproxen can help with pain relief.

A mucolytic such as Mucinex or Bisolvan would help to break up the mucus in your airway. Using enough fluids would also be helpful as well.

Some persons may require the use of antibiotics so if there is no change in your symptoms, you may need to consider seeing your doctor.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 24 hours later
Thank you for fast response,it was reassuring. I will follow up on your suggestions.

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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 46 minutes later
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glad to help, hope you feel better soon

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Dr Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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