Don’t you hate it when you get sick and basically everything hurts?

If you’ve ever wondered why that is and if there’s anything you can do about it, then this article is for you.

Read and find out!

Why You Ache When You’re Sick

Your body is working overtime when you get a cold or the flu. Basically, your immune system engages in chemical warfare against the germs that are invading your system. Unfortunately, muscle aches are a common side effect of the chemical agents your body releases to fight germs.

Even though it may not feel like it at the time, aches and pains when you’re sick are actually a good sign. They mean that your body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing to fight off the infection or the germs.

It’s also worth mentioning that when you’re running a fever, you’re more likely to become dehydrated, which can make muscle aches and pains worse.

What You Can Do About The Pain

The good news is that most of the time, the aches and pains you’re feeling will be fairly mild. More of an annoyance than debilitating, but they can still be unpleasant.

Here are a few simple things you can do to help keep them at bay.

  1. Stay Hydrated – You’re more likely to become dehydrated when you’re sick, and dehydration makes muscle aches worse. So drinking plenty of fluids when you’re sick is more important than most people realize.
  2. Heat – The application of a heating pad or an electric blanket to cover the aching areas of your body can help. A hot shower will too.
  3. Massage – Who doesn’t like a good massage, right? Nothing beats a good massage when you’re not feeling well. Not only is it incredibly relaxing, but it will make short work of those sore muscles.

Naturally, if you find yourself experiencing severe muscle pain, don’t bother with any of the above. Call your doctor right away to get to the bottom of it because there may be something much more serious going on.