What Causes Body Aches and Pains?

Body Aches

There are many causes for body aches ­– a hard workout, a cold, the flu, or even something more serious. In some cases, a few days of rest may be all you need to relieve your symptoms, but some aches, especially ones that have lasted for a long time, may need professional diagnosis.

Possible causes of short-term body aches

  • Cold or flu
  • Overuse of a certain muscle group
  • Stress

Why do we get body aches when we’re sick?

Body aches are a symptom that often accompanies the cold or flu. While it can seem like they’re part of the virus itself, they’re actually caused by your body’s response to it. As your body works to fight the virus, it can cause aches and inflammation all over.

Are there any treatments for body aches?

When you have a cold or flu, body aches can really pile on the misery. It can help to take an over-the-counter medicine, like NeoCitran, with a pain reliever like acetaminophen, to help ease body aches.