How to Relieve Body Aches From the Flu

Relieve body aches from the cold and flu with these remedies.
Relieve body aches from the cold and flu with these remedies. | Source

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.

Comments 11 comments

Michelle 4 years ago

Can I just say that if one has a high fever with their cold/flu it would not be wise to have a hot bath or to jump into a jacuzzi!! This could dangerously raise body temps to potentially fatal levels!

Lavinna 2 years ago

Actually massage is actually not a good idea. It can spread the virus making it worse. Massage will help muscles feel better but it also pushes blood and lymph around the body, when the body is sick it is trying to cetralize the problem and fight it. Massage just pushes everything around. Heat is ok as long as the fever is not to bad

Bill Peak 21 months ago

It is sweet of you to take the time to write about this subject. The information in comforting. Thank you


Nicol 21 months ago

Thanks for the words of incitefulness as I've been sick for a few days now and have been wanting to get into a sauna and spa and sweat it out, I just don't want to pass it onto anybody else, this flu is horrible stuff! Thanks again Jennie.oxoxo

Dr. John 19 months ago

It isn't healthy to raise temperatures than it already is by taking a hot shower or laying in a heated bed. I suggest cold showers.

Noelle 16 months ago

Hot or cold is bad. Warm is the way to go If you take a cold shower you can increase a fever. The same goes for hot too.

Alex 12 months ago

Can you take a hot shower instead?

Tevin 6 weeks ago

Thank you. This information was very helpful.

stacy 5 weeks ago

I'm sick and my legs hurt so bad to walk on them

Marie 4 weeks ago


Tia 13 hours ago

I think I'm getting the flu my legs are really achy I can hardly stand on them what's the best thing to do

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