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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: Muscle aches due to a cold

 tspencer - Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:04 pm

I know that the symptoms of a cold are due to the body's immune response to a virus; i.e. mucus to flush out virus, fever to prevent virus reproduction, fatigue from your body working hard to fight it, etc, but what is the nature of the sore muscles and joints you get during a cold? What causes them?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:39 am

User avatar There are a few possible answers to this question. Muscle pain associated with viral infections often is due to the virus attacking the muscle cells.

Joint pain may be related to inflammatory chemicals "causing irritation" of the joint lining or due to deposition of antibodies into the joint tissues causing inflammation and pain.

There are a few other possible reasons but I believe these are the most common. Hope this helps.


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