Why The Flu Causes Aches & Pains

Why The Flu Causes Aches & Pains

Ugh, my muscles… why do they feel so…
achey. *cough* If you say more research is needed
I’m going to kick you. Howdy sickos, I’m Trace, thanks for watching! IT’S FLU SEASON EVERYBODY! Congratulations. If you didn’t get your flu shot this year
(or even if you did), here’s a warning: YOU COULD GET SICK. No one exactly knows why influenza viruses
hit in the colder months. They may survive and circulate better in cold,
dry air;l our immune systems may be weaker thanks to a lack of sunlight in the winter
or; perhaps, it’s simply because thanks to the cold we spend more time in close quarters,
and thus, spread the virus more easily. Once you’ve got the flu, however, chances
are you’ll get some of the symptoms: fever, headaches, sore throat, runny nose, muscle
aches and so on! The thing is, I get fevers and headaches (your
hypothalamus raises your body temperature to make viruses less comfortable, and the
heat causes dilation of vessels in your brain adding pressure). I also get runny noses and sore throats (your
nose is pushing mucus like crazy to wash pathogens away from the body, and the back of the throat
is popular for infectious colonies, and immune cells rush to the area, inflaming it and causing
pain). Fun fact: 90 percent of sore throats are caused
by viruses, not bacteria; which means only 10 percent of the time will antibiotics help
you; that said, those bacterial sore throats are serious! Basically, most of your symptoms aren’t
the flu, but the immune response — and muscle and joint pain is the same. If you’re thinking, damn, my immune system
is causing all this terribleness, you’re not alone. We’re all right there with you. The immune system is the last line of defense
so it doesn’t really do half-measures. It just POW! GETS AT IT. Anyway, you’ve probably guessed by now,
but muscle aches are thanks to the immune system too, but in a much cooler way. Muscle aches are called myalgia, and in studies,
as many as 94-percent of people with the flu get them. The immune system’s army contains a variety
of cells, but when it comes to these myalgic issues we really only care about a few…. Let’s say the immune system corners some
virus in your thigh muscle. The antibody narcs show up, and bind with
the virus, tagging it for attack and keeping it from infecting other cells. Once the virus is tagged, histamine shows
up — it’s is part of our allergic reaction system. The histamine dilates the vessels in the area,
and gets them ready for the big guns… the macrophages (a.k.a the famous white blood
cells)! These macrophages get in there and start eating
and attacking the tagged pathogens, and try to eat any infected cells. The thing is, thanks to studies done on patients
with arthritis, we know macrophages tend to leave behind chemicals which aren’t super
comfortable. Cytokines are a family of proteins secreted
by immune system cells. During influenza attacks, one, called interleukin-6
(IL-6) is all over. IL-6 is associated with inflammation and causes
soreness. So, when the white blood cells show up, they
ravage the area, and leave the IL-6 in their wake, which your body has to clean up. There’s not much you can do about muscle
and joint aches, except give them a rest. Some people massage their achy joints and
muscles, some use warm blankets… fluids always help. But if you’re really concerned ask your
doctor… we’re not specialists. Here’s something to contemplate while you’re
laying in your bed hating your own immune system for making you feel so bad. One: Evolution may have created the pain,
inflammation and whatnot to keep you from spreading the sickness to others, and to force
you to rest so your body can fight the infection. Cool, right? And Two: influenza has been part of the human
experience since before history was history. In fact, it was first described by the father
of western medicine, Hippocrates, in 412 BCE! If anything? You’re just participating in the grand tapestry
of human suffering. Congratulations no go make a hot tea. After all that, I hope you got your flu shot. You should watch this video to figure why
you should have done it. But if you didn’t, tell us about it in the
comments. Why didn’t you get that shot? Please subscribe for more DNews and thanks
for watching. I forgot to get my flu shot…

100 comments on “Why The Flu Causes Aches & Pains

  1. Demi Willes Post author

    I have gotten the flu before with the flu shot. As a nurse I believe it is against my rights to be forced to get the shot. We do not have 30 yrs of research to know what 30 yrs of a vaccine can do to someone’s body. It’s fine for those who could die from flu, but for healthy people it’s too much. The vaccine is merely a prediction of what virus can make you sick. The viruses mutate so what are the chances that you will be immune to the one you are exposed to? I think it’s a monetary scam to pump money into the healthcare system….. how many millions of healthcare workers are out there being forced to take it? That’s a lot of money before even getting to those who wish to vaccinate.

  2. JayJay Tailor Post author

    Well, I got my flu shot 2 months ago and I now have the most shocking flu! Hmmmmmm….that obviously worked!!

  3. Nanny-Ma's Way Mukbangs Makeup And More Post author

    I’ve been sick for 5 days…I’m aching all over,have 🥵 n 🥶 flashes,have a massive headache,dizziness,feverish ,nausea,little to no appetite,nasal craziness(1 second it’s stopped up the next it’s runny 🙄) ANY FLU HATERS ON BOARD?🤒😷🤧😤

  4. The Weeping Willow Post author

    Ugh I am sooooooooooooo damn sick…I hate needles & don't trust these flu shots…so here I am with a horrible case of the flu & on top of it all…I got the full blown shingles now on top of this flu….I feel like someone has drug me across a football field by my eyelashes….😩😩😢

  5. John Lucas Jizmundo Post author

    literally went to YOUTUBE to find answers on why my lower back is killing me right now. #fluszn

  6. MurderousJohnny Post author

    Apparently, it better to let immune system fight instead of using stuff like Advil. Medicine doesn't fight the viruses it just turns off your immune system. That how it reduces heat and headaches, by turning off the part of brain/immune system that fights. If you let your immunes system fight off the virus with no "medicine" then your immune system will be stronger afterward. Just drink water to not dehydrate and accidentally get a heat stroke and rest; if you shiver get warm and if you sweat like crazy get cool.

  7. Augie Donkers Post author

    This could explain the pain in my knees during De Quervain's thyroïdites. Feels like inner meniscus problems in my left knee even after 4 months while my thyroid has recovered.

  8. Victor Asack Post author

    The best way I can describe its world war 3 in our body between our immune system and the virus and our body is the battleground

  9. grilled cheese sandwich Post author

    Currently watching this with the worst flu I've ever had I'm burning up and have pains all over my body 😭😩

  10. nel Shift Post author

    Why I fell a flu like symptoms with neck pain heartache and muscle pain for more than 1month I always feel having a flu like every time I wake up ealrry in the morning, please do response thank you

  11. joyceyrose Post author

    I recently tested neg for the strain of flu going around but having experienced upper respiratory flu twice before I know this is another strain the flu shot wouldn't have remedied so I still won't get a flu shot. And yes, I am coughing like crazy. Hoping not to develop pneumonia like I did after last flu. Thanks for the video!

  12. Zachary Bliss Post author

    Ugh been fighting the flu for about 3 days now and omg I will not miss the flu shot ever again even if I'm busy with work OMG when will this be over!!!!!😞😞😞

  13. Darren Mclarnon Post author

    Laying in bed feeling sorry on myself and learning why my body's sore lol… That's why I love youtube… Sick days are less boring

  14. Holly Y Post author

    In England you don’t really need flu injections unless you’re immunocompromised, elderly, young etc. But you can still get it. I’d rather just deal with it

  15. ended - random story/animations Post author

    Every comments here has flu.
    Wait why did comment?
    Noo i might as well could get infected

  16. La Yona Post author

    last time i got the flu shot. i got the flu and when i didn’t get it (last year) i didn’t get sick so that’s why and i hate hate needles

  17. Simon Malm Post author

    All the people I’ve known to get the flu shot say they got the flu right after. I’ve never got the flu shot and I’ve never had the flu.

  18. Rebecca Rodgers Post author

    I had the new Flu last week which started with a Severe Pain in my Neck and then it began! I missed a whole week of work

  19. Ar.OsamaB Post author

    I had a sinus surgery two weeks ago and before completely heal i caught a flu, life is amazing

  20. Crybaby senpai Post author

    Don't call me stupid or anything but I can't blow my nose I just was never taught that

  21. Baupylypuab Post author

    Flu shot? No. For especially vulnerable people, it may be a good idea. But for normally healthy people it's an unnecessary risk for questionable benefit. The vaccines provide coverage for only specific viruses, so it's hit and miss at best – though they are very profitable for pharmaceutical companies.

    It's most telling that roughly half of all heath care workers do not get vaccinated. And that among those who do, many were required to. If doctors who are exposed to sick patients on a daily basis don't want the vaccine, why should I?

  22. SPREADLOVE Post author

    I'm just laughing while reading the comments! I'm sick btw. So what I understood about this video, is that we're screwed cause antibiotic dont really help huh 😱😱

  23. SPREADLOVE Post author

    YouTube premium and chill, till you fall asleep and no working monday.. Sorry boss but I'm more important Haha 😁👍

  24. Makayla Hall Post author

    I just threw up yesterday and my body aches and feels sore, I dont even have the energy to stand in the shower.

  25. Ryan Scherbluk Post author

    It's dam summer and I'm freezing well close enough to summer weathers nice and warm and I'm freezing constantly then I wake up hot as hell so kick blankets off then I'm cold again. My muscles hurt my nose runs I cough this sucks can't breath. This year diffidently getting my flue shot.

  26. SHUBHAM FUTANE Post author

    Tell me some short term Treatment it's most important exam in my lifetime , And Want to perform my best ,off course that I already studied

  27. SHUBHAM FUTANE Post author

    I just hate Common Cold, Caused by irritating Relatives and Neighborhood ,just spread it by Constantly Sneezing alltime in area

  28. Angelica B Post author

    everything in this video is true yes its the rest and digest phase of the parasympathetic system of your brain..telling you to rest and you will get better

  29. Angelica B Post author

    my immune system is very strong i barely get sick.. so the virus tried to hit me but didn't. all i felt was a minor sore throat for a day and headache and histamine bc i started all itchy(histamine is a response from immune system ) ,veins in hand inflamed just like he described in video…all my fly systems went away after that a massive headache and back hurting for a week now I must think its my immune system's antibodies or white blood cells responding i heard that sometimes the incidentally attack body's tissues

  30. An Archy Post author

    Pharma creates new strains and spreads and sheds it through the community via new vaccines, it's a Rockefeller protocol business model. Enjoy💲💲💲☠️☠️☠️

  31. Davin Johnson Post author

    I’ve never had the flu shot, no reason I haven’t, nothing against it. I’ve just never had the shot yet, I’ve never had the flu, so I guess I’m immune to it.

  32. Questify Animations Post author

    Is it just me or is it every single time my body aches I laugh, because every single time I feel sore while having the flu or have a fever I for some reason laugh because I feel bunch of tickling around my body anyone have this problem?? My parents are mad at me for laughing but I cant help it, I'm in pain and I'm for some reason laughing at myself 😂😂😂 help meeee 😂😂😂😂😓😓😓😭😭😭

  33. Aaditi Biswas Post author

    I had runny nose nd sneezing, I took azithromycin but unfortunately didnt complete the course…then I took medicine from a homeopath doctr….my runny nose nd throght became good but i could feel there is cough in my chest!!nd for the 2nd tym I have sneezes nd runny nose now I developed a pain in my back!nd soon aftr I went to a alopathy doctr who gave me clavam antibiotics nd cough syrup nd some allergy tablets….is there any chance that I just got pneumonia???
    I am becoming very anxious…pls if anyone can give me any suggestions

  34. LostJedi26 Post author

    Went to summer camp. Someone decided to share…or maybe I shared it first. I thought it was a sinus infection, but my muscles are so achy! I've had fevers, congested cough, sinus pressure in my face, etc.

    But why August? And why mostly my legs? Torso and abdominal muscles hurt from coughing.
    Now that I'm done complaining, I hope no one else is sick. This sucks, bad.

  35. Cassandra Rivas Post author

    And to top it off, i just started my period 💔 so now I'm so sick and going to be having bad cramps 🖕🖕

  36. Jay Jay Post author

    I didn't get a flu shot b/c its so so so stupid of an explanation.."we introduce small amounts so u can build anti bodies"…. I don't get flu shots.

  37. Rico Post author

    I'm scared i have lime disease or meningitis… but then again it can just be the flu hurting the back of my neck muscles


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