How to Relieve Body Aches From the Flu
It Is Possible to Ease the Pain
When you have body aches from the flu, you are more than likely to feel much worse than if you did not have them. The first thing we want to do is get rid of them as fast as they showed up. While getting rid of them completely is probably unrealistic, you can do certain things to relieve them somewhat.
- Run a hot bath. The hot water will help to eliminate the aches and pains.
- Taking over the counter pain medication is another way to help eliminate discomfort. Medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve, will help you get through the worst of it. Read the directions on the packages for the recommended dosage. Do not exceed them either. Sometimes when you over-medicate, it backfires and makes things feel even worse.
- Have someone give you a massage. Most of the time when you get body aches, your legs are the first thing to bother you. Ask your spouse or a friend to give you a leg or body massage. If your legs are bothering you, have them rub mentholated cream on them as well. This will allow your blood to flow freely, and give them some heat to soothe the aching.
- Lay on your bed or couch with your legs propped up high on a pillow. If you lay down and prop your legs up over your heart, you will allow the blood to flow freely through your legs, minimizing the aches and pains you are feeling.
- Heating pads or heated blankets can help to relieve some of the pain. If you have a couple of heating pads, lay yourself on the couch or a bed and place them wherever the aches are. Same goes for the heating blanket, turn it to a medium heat, and crawl underneath and enjoy it. Do not use excessive heat; you could burn yourself.
- If you have a jacuzzi or a hot tub, get inside of it immediately. The heat from the hot tub water will relax all your muscles and make them feel somewhat better. Stay in for as long as you possibly can. The longer you stay inside, the better you and your body will feel.
The flu is a nasty bug that can last anywhere between one to two weeks, and in most cases you will have to bear through it.
Warning: If you are feeling dehydrated, lethargic, dizzy, hot flashes, hard to breath, excessive sweating, and a high fever over 103 for over two days, please see a physician immediately.