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Taking medicine for cold. Having painful leg, calf muscle and soles in the morning. Cause?

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I am waking up generally with a very painful legs, calf muscles and soles. The pain reduces during the day but never goes away completely. I am not sure what could be the reason. It is not related to any particular exertion that I had. I am a software engineer and don't have a walking job. I do some breathing exercises and yoga almost daily.

Another related thing is that every time I have cold/cough/sore throat, i end up with very bad bodyache without any fever. Last time I had this was about 3 weeks ago and I had a course of anti-biotics (levoflox 500 mg OD) and levo-cetrizine for about 5 days. I still have a little cold such that my nose is either running or clogged but there is no XXXXXXX mucous from nose.

I also started taking multi-vitamin tablets (neurobion) nowadays to see if that can help.

Please advice me on what could be causing this and what should I do?

Posted Sun, 17 Mar 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 22 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.

Vitamin D deficiency is known to result in such pains in legs, calf muscles and soles. Getting a Vitamin (OH) D3 levels done will help in ascertaining the same. Vitamin D can easily be supplemented as it is available in a XXXXXXX form and is taken with milk/curd. You need to take a XXXXXXX of vitamin D with milk or curd once a week for 8 weeks and then once a month. Each XXXXXXX contains 60,000 IU of vitamin D. But these should be taken only after getting your vitamin D levels checked.

Body aches without fever when there is accompanying cold/ cough and sore throat is due to viral infection. For the same, the best way to get rid of a stuffy nose is to use an over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant combined with an anti-inflammatory analgesic (pain reliever). But these are to be used for 5-7 days at a time.

You may also nasal sprays containing antihistaminics or corticosteroids but these are to be taken under prescription.
However the best treatment for stuffy nose is steam inhalation. Inhaling steam from a bowl of hot (but not boiling water) may help to soften, and loosen, the buildup of mucus in your nose. You may also find that adding some menthol crystals, or eucalyptus oil, to the water helps a lot. Other than that, avoid eating indigestible, spicy, foods and meats and eat simple wholesome foods. Taking cough lozenges will also help in soothing the throat.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. Wishing you good health.

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