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Body ache: Symptoms of coronavirus

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According to a report by WHO in which 55924 covid-19 cases were taken into consideration, body ache is one of the less common symptoms of coronavirus. However, even though it is less common, it can be as severe and deadly as the other symptoms like cold, cough, fever, tiredness, headache and sore throat.

The human body is a marvellous design that speaks to us if we are genuinely listening. When everything is right in our body, mind and soul, the body works well and is free from disease and illness.

However, when something is wrong either in our body, mind or soul, the body starts to give us signals so that we pay attention to what needs care and healing. Body ache is one such sign from the body that something is not right and that healing is required.

Our body is always moving towards healing. Body aches are a common symptom of not just corona virus but other illnesses as well. Body ache can occur when we are fatigued and need rest.

However, the body ache, that comes from the coronavirus is more deadly and intense than the regular body pain that comes from the regular flu. In April, The WHO (World health organisation) has added body ache as one of the symptoms of coronavirus.


Types of Body Pain from COVID-19

symptoms of coronavirus
symptoms of coronavirus


According to collective research and gathering of data, three types of body pain were found as symptoms of coronavirus in the human population all around the world.

  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Full Body Pain


Muscle Pain is a very real and intense symptom of covid-19. The shoulder muscles, the arm muscles, the thigh muscles are mainly reported to hurt the most out of all the muscle groups.

Dr Shahruq Sarela, who was diagnosed with covid-19, described his experience of body pain from coronavirus as carrying a 30-pound weight on his arms and shoulders. He said he felt very heavy for three days during his covid-19 experience and then the heaviness and muscle pain slowly subsided.

Dr Shahruq Sarela also experienced server joint pain and shared that he felt as if his ankles were loose and heavy at the same time. He felt his joints and knees, becoming stiffer than usual and experienced severe full-body ache for those three days.

Dr David Hepburn, a frontline worker at the hospital in the United States of America, who was also diagnosed with covid-19, described his experience. He is now recovered and back at the frontlines to treat other covid-19 patients, but shared that one of the most intense symptoms of coronavrirus was his body ache. His entire body ached, with severe muscle and bone pain.

Dr Michael Saag, an infectious disease specialist, explains how one of his positively diagnosed patients felt body pain from coronavirus throughout his body and server muscle pain as well.

He also shared his observations in his patients, on how the coronavirus infection subsided and when they thought that it had gone away, the body aches came back out of nowhere. Dr Saaf observed that the body aches come and go in waves in some of the patients.


What is the connection between body pain and COVID-19?

The connection between body pain and coronavirus is inflammation. Inflammation is a condition in which part of the body becomes hot, swollen, reddened and painful. Inflammation is caused by injury in muscle groups or harmful viruses and bacteria in the body.

Dr Amir Brazin explains that muscle inflammation, also known as myositis is a common symptom of viral infections. He further explains that just like any other virus, coronavirus can cause painful swelling in the muscles.

Viral infection in the muscles can cause a catastrophic breakdown of muscle fibre in the body resulting in pain and feelings of weakness and tiredness.

Full body pain is also one of the most severe and painful symptoms of coronavirus. Full body pain is also caused by inflammation throughout the body, meaning that the virus is moving throughout the body in the joints, muscles, tissues and the bones.


How to heal body pain caused by COVID-19?

Dr Chris Travers, an orthopaedic surgeon, prescribes the RICE solution for joint pain from corona virus:

  • Rest – Rest your body, mind and soul
  • Ice- Ice your joints regularly to reduce inflammation
  • Compression- compression improves blood flow and provides stability
  • Elevation – elevate your joints to move excess fluid from the joints and speed up healing.


Dr Travers also shares that when suffering from joint pain from covid-19, try to manage your weight, so your knees and ankles do have to carry more weight. He suggests to watch your calorie intake and lose a pound or two for a swift recovery from corona virus.

He suggests a few exercises to help joint pain from covid-19 here.

Dr Shahruq Sarela shared that he recovered from joint pain and muscle pain by resting, taking showers, movement and deep breathing exercises. He shares that what helped him the most was a little bit of movement, so his joints did not become stiffer.

He shares that having a positive outlook while suffering from body aches from coronavirus was vital for his recovery.