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I am sore all over. My mucles and joints ache. Help me, please!

Question Posted Sunday December 21 2008, 12:31 am

I am really sick but I don't know what is wrong with me. If anyone has ever had anything like this, please tell me!

First it started about 2 and 1/2 to 3 weeks ago. I work as a cashier in the local grocery store and they had put me on the register really close to the entrance. A draft was blowing in and within 20 minutes I had a sore throat.

Well, that sore throat stayed for a few days (~4 days or so). It suddenly had disappeared when I woke up one morning but my voice sounded HORRIBLE. My voice was all scratchy and went in and out all day long. This went on for another 4 days or so, but I had no pain with it. Well, it started to go away about the same time I had some sort of chest congestion happening. I felt like I had a lot of mucus in my chest so I bought some medicine to break it up. Then I proceeded to have a cough for a few days (4+), which I handled with medicine as well.

So, the cough goes away but I still felt a little sick for another couple of days. That feeling left me a few days ago and now, now I'm in terrible pain all over my body!

I don't have a sore throat. I don't have a crackly voice. I don't have a snotty nose or mucus congestion. I don't have a cough. I have no "symptoms" of a cold, the flu, or any other illness that is common. I had my period and this pain started like the last 2 days of my period, I'd guess.

My muscles hurt though. My joints hurt! It's like every single muscle in my body has been trampled. My joints and muscles are absolutely killing me, to the point where I called in sick to work one day. I stayed in and rested all day long that day but I was still just as sore. I've had two days in a row off since I called in sick and my body still aches.

The pain feels much like I've overextended EVERYTHING, but I have no idea how. I started the job about 2 months back and was only "really sore" like the first two weeks of it. The job gives me the normal sore-from-standing-all-day but the pain I'm having now is really, really bad and not like before.

So, my muscles AND my joints ache for no reason that I can find. Nothing is giving me relief either. Warm showers don't help. In my sleep I have to lay in a certain position to help lessen some of the pain (if I lay in certain positions it feels like I'm pulling a lot more muscles).

I haven't done any manual labor that should make me hurt like this. I haven't changed eating habits really (and I was taking vitamins up until yesterday--just in case they were causing some sort of inflammation). I've been drinking enough water. Heck, I have gotten plenty of sleep recently. The weather was weird for a few days--where it was really warm and now it's back REALLY cold again.

I thought maybe it was mono since I've never had mono but I don't have any other symptoms associated with mono.

Can anyone tell me what my cause me being sore like this all over and how I can fix it? Any idea what this could be? Is there anything I can take or do for relief?

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Peeps answered Thursday January 28 2010, 3:50 pm:
Dehydration and a vitamin deficiency can really take your body down quicker and longer than you think. It's possible that during your illness your body used up some of it's reserved vitamins and minerals it needs to function. You may be severely low on some key nutrient that you're not getting from what you're currently eating.

The body tries to sleep when ill so that it can rest and heal within. When somebody has the flu they're never full of energy and even after the flu has gone they are still drained for days. Your body went through something bad and it needs to heal back up to "normal" working order.

It doesn't sound like you were ready to fight off illness in the beginning though. If you're coming down with an illness in 20 minutes and felt completely fine before then it might be a sign that you were low on something before the illness actually started up within your body.

Take a multivitamin every day and up your WATER intake. Try to regulate your body and keep it healthy. If it wants to rest then rest but remember to stay active at the same time--take a nice walk and do some stretches to help keep the muscles active and working.

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mi-madre answered Wednesday December 24 2008, 7:35 pm:
Where are you from? I've got the same symptoms but haven't been sick at all. Just sore all over like I was hit by a mack truck!!! I'm tired and lethargic, but still able to go about things pretty normally. My spouse is concerned, so I got online. I'm in SC.

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xosodapopx3 answered Sunday December 21 2008, 8:14 pm:
I am no doctor, and I suggest you consult one as soon as you can so you can start to feel better, but in the meanwhile I suggest you stretch (even if it hurts, when I do it I start to feel better), use a heating pad and pillow and just lay down a warm soft surface such as a bed, and take some advil for the pain. I did a little research, and I want you to check out these sites, they could help you. I hope this helps, have a happy holiday, and I hope you start to feel better really soon!

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