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What do neck pain with body aches indicate after recovering from the flu?

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Posted on Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Question: I got the flu about two months ago and felt that I was recovered two weeks later. Since then I have had severe neck pain for over a month and a half,also body aches. Not getting much better. I take ibuprofen and heating pad. No fever.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (3 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The muscle and body pain you are continuing to experience is concerning for viral arthritis.

Viral arthritis is an inflammatory reaction to certain viral infections like parvovirus, adenovirus, alphavirus etc. These infections can present as simple cold or flu.

Physical examination and blood serology to identify viral infection is needed at this point. So please be advised to follow up with your primary care provider for further evaluation and management.

Meanwhile, you can continue using Ibuprofen and heating pad.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician
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What do neck pain with body aches indicate after recovering from the flu?

Brief Answer: Need further work up Detailed Answer: Hello, The muscle and body pain you are continuing to experience is concerning for viral arthritis. Viral arthritis is an inflammatory reaction to certain viral infections like parvovirus, adenovirus, alphavirus etc. These infections can present as simple cold or flu. Physical examination and blood serology to identify viral infection is needed at this point. So please be advised to follow up with your primary care provider for further evaluation and management. Meanwhile, you can continue using Ibuprofen and heating pad. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician