After the flu joints hurt what to do

The fact that the ARVI does not pass without a trace is known to many, but whether complications after the flu on the joints are possible, let's try to find out. Rheumatoid arthritis as a separate disease has not been fully studied, but it is commonly believed that it occurs as a result of complications of certain diseases. Provocators of the development of arthritis often become infectious diseases: influenza, SARS, acute respiratory disease, tonsillitis. Any infection is treated with antibiotics, and sometimes potent, hormonal, antiviral drugs, the reception of which affects not the best way on other organs, and the joints are no exception.

First of all, the work of the human immune system is disrupted, immunity does not arise to protect the body, but completely against it, begins to fight with healthy cells. All organs are attacked: kidneys, liver, heart, cartilage and joints.

How the immunity of

works As a result of constant support of the lymphatic activity of the blood vessels, the blood circulates round the body in the large and small circle of blood circulation. If this treatment is violated, the cells begin to accumulate in the lymph nodes, which, in theory, must fight the infection and destroy it.

During the period of illness, in particular, the flu, self-regulation of the body is misinformed under the influence of chemical elements( antibiotics) that have got into the body from outside, the patient's temperature rises, but the immune cells begin to act as self-defense, while others remain simply unprotected.

This reaction of immune cells passes through the lymphatic vessels and stops just on the joints. Immunity begins to attack both sick and healthy cells, which are most active.

Violation of the self-regulation of immunity leads to the reverse process of an autoimmune reaction, with the recurrence of viral diseases, immune cells begin to destroy healthy cells, which complicates the joints of the flu, and the patient complains of twisting fingers, aching joints, poor rotation, pain during extension and flexion.

All this inevitably leads to disability, so you need to consult a doctor and treat joints.

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Why joints ache

The crunch and cold in the joints cause inconvenience for movements that are pleasantly few. Similar symptoms are more common in people with a fragile physique. People of the same stout constitution have swollen joints, hot to the touch, which whine even at rest.

Influenza, ARVI, genetic predisposition, hypothermia of the body provoke the development of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory processes against the background of complications act simply destructively on all joints, destroying them, leading to the accumulation of salts in them. By the way, joints can get sick due to malnutrition and irregular sleep patterns.

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How to bring the joints back to the norm after the flu

First you need to correct your lifestyle, revise the diet, mental, physical activity, avoid stress, lack of sleep.

If the disease has arisen on the basis of influenza, that is, an infectious disease, the doctor can prescribe diclofenac, nimesulide, and other injections as anti-inflammatory drugs. Well helps herbal medicine, compresses, baths, oil massages.

Treat joints in the summer is good in the sun, that is sunbathing, but in moderation. With pain, you can apply dandelion tincture. It is the fluid that removes toxins from the joints, excess salts, tissue decay products, purifies the blood, so you need to drink fluids with joint pain as much as possible.

Quickly in joints salt of oxalic acid, contained in red wine, red meat is deposited. The use of these products should be limited. But the fresh apples will cleanse the body of toxins, the fish will saturate the body with fatty acids.

It is important to limit the intake of common salt, which also leads to swelling and deposition of salts in the joints.

Painful joints need help, loads must be limited and correct. This does not mean that you do not have to walk at all. Movement is necessary.

All joints and muscles must undergo constant loading, otherwise they will simply atrophy, and this is much more dangerous and more difficult than pain. With arthritis, movements are necessary, but in the right, special mode.

Often the treatment of joints is performed with the help of kinesitherapy, the principle of which is to create normal conditions for the joints, that is, you need to set in motion all the ligaments, muscles, make them spin, relax, contract and update the fluid in the joints in a timely manner, not let it stagnate.

In rheumatoid arthritis, antibiotics and other hormones are not appropriate.

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Treatment of joints with the help of gymnastics

Even if the legs hurt, analgesics will not help, you need to heal naturally, despite the pain.

The location of the pain after the flu can be different. Someone cramps legs, fingers of limbs, someone can not straighten his back or complain of pain in the sacrum, spine, knees, shoulders - in short, anywhere where there are muscles and ligaments.

For pains in the shoulder joint:

  1. Attach a small rubber shock absorber to the wall, make traction with a sick hand, back and forth, according to the principle of sawing logs. Amplitude for this exercise should be maximum. Training will be most effective when the ligament muscles of the shoulder, elbow or wrist are strained to the maximum.
  2. It is also good to press away from the floor, chair or wall. Even if the joints ache, exercise should be done through pain and at least 10-20 times in one session. Thrust the same hands must be carried out 30-40 times, 3-4 times a week.

With pain in the knee joint it is useful to walk on your knees, wearing knee pads, 100 steps each with one foot and the other, then squat and relax.

For pain in the ankle, squats are useful, you can put a chair in front of you and hold on to the back with your hands. The support must be stable. Under the heels, you can put a thick book and do 10-100 sit-ups, depending on the possibility.

With pain in the spine, it is useful to lie on your back, take your hands to the sides, bend your knees. Next, raise both feet closer to the head, trying to tear the pelvis off the floor, lower the legs, preferably behind the head.

It is very important to make movements on exhalation, with an open mouth. It is under these conditions that not only all ligaments, muscles, joints are warmed up, but pain is also eliminated.

If the joints hurt, then they are developing an inflammatory process. To muffle it, to remove an inflammation it is possible by means of simple employment which it is not necessary to neglect even at pains. It's all better than swallowing painkillers. Exercises should not be stopped even if pain is worse, there is swelling on the legs. Joints need to adapt, get used to such loads. Any disease lasts for a certain period and does not go away in one day.

The treatment of joints will take at least a month, the load should be used. To reduce pain and swelling after such procedures, cold compresses can be applied to the legs and hands, in the form of a wet towel or ice frozen in the refrigerator, into which it is good to add mint solution. It's cold that promotes blood circulation, and if the blood starts to circulate faster, heat will soon begin to flow to the joints. They will quickly get warm, and the pain will subside.


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Complications of influenza in the joints are possible, because they are the ultimate stagnant station in the case of circulatory disorders. But movement is life, even if it hurts the joints. It is important to properly treat joints, not by the method of taking medications, but by more sparing and at the same time effective exercises that will help get rid of painful pains if not forever, then for a long time.

Author of the article: Grigory Viktorovich Manilov

Arthritis in influenza -

The whole modern world of microbes entirely belongs to viruses. They became not only masters in their world, but also densely merged with the everyday life of people. Some of them, existing next to the human body, do not harm him. But there are those that cause dangerous complications with the possibility of a lethal outcome, even in spite of the most modern methods of treatment.

One of such pathogens is, at first glance, a common, influenza virus. After all, when they all had flu, but nothing terrible happened. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sometimes it happens that the course of the disease is complicated by the development of arthritis of one or more joints. It depends on different reasons and mechanisms.

Why it occurs and how

develops This disease is an inflammatory lesion of hyaline cartilage that covers the articular surfaces of all joints of the body. Therefore, almost any of them can be prone to pathological changes. There are no favorite localizations of arthritis for influenza.

There is an equally frequent lesion of the shoulder, knee and hip, elbow, ankle and small joints of the hand. To explain why this or that anatomical region suffers, one can only consider the pathogenetic bases of the development of the disease. But globally - suffer joints with increased blood circulation, which are determined by individual anatomical features. In this case, inflammation of one joint( monoarthritis) and several( polyarthritis) is possible.

The origin of this type of inflammatory lesion is reactive. This means that its development is associated with an excess, abnormal reaction of the body to the influenza virus, which can occur in a number of cases.

  1. High virulence and pathogenicity of a particular strain of the virus. It says that the pathogen initially carries a very harmful properties. Getting into the body, it is carried on all tissues, including the hyaline cartilage, causing inflammation in it.
  2. Immune dysfunction of the body. This can be both its excessive manifestations( autoimmune diseases, allergies) and immunodeficiencies of various types and origin( HIV, oncohematological diseases, congenital defects of the complement system, etc.).
  3. Presence of compromised joint conditions( rheumatism, rheumatoid or other anamnesisarthritis.)
  4. Prolonged course of influenza, provoking a decrease in protective resources of the body and immune-toxic processes.

Actually, the flu virus has no tropism( similarity) to cartilaginous tissue. Therefore, for the emergence of arthritis in the case of influenza, an immune mechanism should be triggered by the type of allergic reaction or autoimmune aggression( when immunity cells destroy the tissues of the hyaline cartilage, perceiving them as alien.)

This explains the onset of the inflammatory process in the joints no earlier than 12-18 days after the onset of the flu. Such terms are associated with the greatest activity of immunocompetent cells responsible for the synthesis of antibodies and immunoglobululins of class G, in response to the introduction of the virus. Excess of these compounds leads to the fact that they do not fulfill their direct purpose and settle in the microcirculatory bed of the articular tissues, causing inflammation.

Clinical manifestations of

In fact, the symptoms of arthritis that have arisen against the background of influenza are no different from the rest of its species. Sometimes signs of the disease begin to appear after the person has been ill with the flu. The first manifestations are pain in the affected joint or joints. It is marked by a sharp increase in any movement. At rest, the intensity decreases, but does not completely go away. Depending on the activity of the pathological process, there is an increase in edema in the affected joint, redness and local skin temperature increase.

These symptoms are necessarily accompanied by a general temperature reaction in the form of hyperthermia up to 38 ° C, possibly even higher. Patients try to spare the inflamed joint from any external influences and movements. In the case of secondary synovitis, which occurs in most cases, fluid begins to accumulate in the joint cavity. This leads to a strong stretching of his capsule, with increased pain and swelling.


Clinical data for diagnosis is enough. But for a more complete evaluation of the activity of the process, and the changes in intraarticular structures caused by it, additional laboratory and instrumental studies are shown. These include:

  1. Clinical blood test - acceleration of ESR, increase in leukocyte count( leukocytosis);
  2. Biochemical study of blood - increase in the concentration of flaming seromucoid, sialic acids, C-reactive protein( positive rheumatic tests);
  3. Radiography of the affected joint - narrowing of the joint gap, unevenness and pitting of the contours of the intra-articular structures;
  4. Ultrasound examination - dystrophic disorders of the hyaline cartilage structure.

Than it is possible to help

Certainly, it is better not to be engaged in a selftreatment in house conditions. Only an integrated approach can be considered effective, which will ensure an adequate elimination of the inflammatory process and prevent the development of persistent joint dysfunction. It includes a clear amount of activities.

  1. Antiviral drugs that suppress the reproduction of the virus. Assign in an acute period of influenza complicated by arthritis. The most effective drug is Tamiflu. It is possible to use arbidol, remantadine, immunoflazid, amyzon.
  2. Anti-inflammatory drugs. Two types of drugs are used from this group: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and steroid glucocorticoid. Reception of the first( ibuprom, movalis, rheumoxib) provides an adequate analgesic effect. The second( dexamethozone, metipred, prednisolone), effectively relieve autoimmune aggression and inflammatory changes.
  3. Application of ointments on the basis of anti-inflammatory drugs( doloben, diklak-gel, dip-riliff, fast-gel);
  4. Non-pharmacological effects. Physiotherapy methods are well proven: paraffin and ozocerite applications, UHF, magnetotherapy, laser therapy, electrophoresis, phonophoresis. It is necessary to fix the inflamed joint with special fixators, bandages, longiets. He must remain in a state of functional rest. In the presence of fluid in the joint cavity, a puncture is performed with its evacuation.
  5. Traditional medicine. Really good, help with lotion from vodka or semi-alcohol solution, compresses from dimexide( 1: 3-4), rubbing from the products of beekeeping( propolis, bee venom), enveloping with gray clay, animal fat. For internal reception prepare infusions on the basis of a sabelnik, kalgan, nettle, alternating. It will be more appropriate to take them in the recovery period.

Prevention of arthritis with influenza is reduced to timely adequate treatment of viral infection and maintenance of sparing bed rest, exclusion of supercoolings during this period.

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Later, runny nose, cough and other symptoms of bacterial complication are added. With the flu, it is better to call a doctor at home immediately so that he can choose antiviral drugs and other drugs that can cope with the disease. Without treatment or when taking exclusively folk remedies, children may have complications of the flu - otitis, bronchitis, and others, even more serious. Below are the most common of them, as well as methods of therapy.


Influenza virus often causes bronchitis and inflammation of the lungs - bronchitis and pneumonia. The last disease can develop even after the child's condition has improved, when the main symptoms of the disease have gone to a decline. A special danger lies in those children who have an history of asthma, obstructive bronchitis with bronchospasm. The pathology is manifested by an increase in body temperature after its initial normalization, the presence of persistent cough, chest pains against the background of accumulation of exudate and inflammation of air sacs in the lungs.

Unlike influenza, the temperature is badly knocked down by taking standard drugs. Treatment of pneumonia after the flu is the use of expectorants, antibiotics( often intramuscularly, intravenously), as well as inhalations with antibiotics, glucocorticosteroids, drugs to relieve bronchospasm.


In young children, otitis develops in almost half of cases after the flu. Inflammation of the middle ear, or otitis, also occurs due to a bacterial infection that penetrates from the oropharynx into the ears. Postgrippozny otitis is very dangerous: as experts say, this otitis occurs with severe pain, and also can lead to deafness. Symptoms of a disease such as otitis media may be as follows:

  • Severe headache
  • Pain in the ears or one ear
  • Irradiation of the jaw pain
  • Feeling that lays the ears
  • Appearance of sulfur plugs

Otitis often causes purulent processes when a fluid with an admixture of pus is released from the patient's ear. Treat otitis in children only under the supervision of a doctor. The therapy includes antibiotics and local antiseptics, ear washings, drops in the ears with anesthetics, etc. To treat otitis should be timely, since the proximity of the focus of infection to the brain may threaten with even more serious complications, for example, meningitis.

Complications from the lower extremities

Often a child begins to complain after a flu that his legs hurt. These symptoms can be characteristic of myositis, or muscle inflammation. Infectious myositis appears at the height of the flu and manifests itself as a local pain, which becomes stronger when you press the muscle, while walking. Such complications after a severe flu in children on their feet can provoke a complete impossibility of resting on the limb due to pain, swelling of the muscle. Without treatment, muscle weakness increases, and the most dangerous consequence of myositis is muscle atrophy. Therapy may include NSAIDs, physiotherapy, massage, antibiotics.

Rheumatoid arthritis can become a complication of the flu. It causes damage to the joints, and when it occurs in childhood, it leads to a limitation of the person's mobility and serious deformation of the bone system. The treatment of pathology is long and complex, so it is important to catch up with the flu in time, take antiviral medications and prevent the disease from spreading to the joints.


Since all conditions are created for influenza to weaken local immunity and to attach a bacterial infection, children often develop laryngotracheitis in a purulent form. If the course of the pathology is easy, the child has symptoms such as dry cough, hoarseness, loss of voice. If adults have laryngotracheitis without consequences with adequate therapy, then children often develop a false cereal - attacks of suffocation, which cause the blockage of the airways and threaten with dangerous consequences. Symptoms of false croup - noisy breathing with a whistle, pallor, lack of air due to stenosis of the trachea. Gradually the disease can grow into a true croup, the result of which can be fatal. Treatment consists in taking antibiotics, inhalations, taking local antiseptic drugs, but at the slightest signs of the child's croup should be hospitalized.

Sinusitis and sinusitis

Inflammation of the maxillary and other sinuses of the nose can also occur as a complication of the flu. In children, polysynusitis often develops when all sinuses become inflamed simultaneously. Symptoms include severe nasal congestion, mucus secretion with pus, headache, fever, common signs of intoxication. The child can not breathe through the nose, as there is swelling of the mucous membrane, its inflammation and the appearance of pus. If you do not treat the disease, it can cover not only the nasal sinuses, but also spread to the middle ear, pharynx and even affect the brain envelope. Treatment is done at home or in the hospital. In addition to antibiotics, the child often needs to wash the nose or puncture the maxillary sinus.

Among complications of influenza less common lesions of the nervous system, kidneys, heart. The highest mortality rate is recorded from hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, meningitis and encephalitis. In connection with the foregoing, an important goal of parents is not to let the flu progress and give serious complications, and also to identify them at an early stage. The main conditions for fulfilling this requirement are timely application for medical care and compliance with all prescriptions of the doctor.

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Complications after the flu. Joint pains

Sergey Zaika

blah. ..who after the flu in the baths soared, where was the brain? !!!Well now to the rheumatologist and pray that it would be reversible, arthritis after the flu is a common occurrence in case of complication!

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Can joints begin to ache after sore throat?advise what to do

Lubava Lubava

Very much can. And after the flu, too. Angina needs to be treated well, since untreated tonsillitis and can cause inflammation of the joints.

claudia leverage

Joints can be aching( complications after sore throat).And the advice will be given by the doctor after the examination.


that you first need to do, so it's very fast to RUN to the therapist and REQUIREMENTS for rheumatism. Staphylococcal angina sometimes gives complications to connective the heart, in the joints, in the bronchi. .. untreated rheumatism of the heart is a deadly do not sit.but quickly save your life.

Oksana Kinkova

Yes. This is very serious, right up to disability. Running to be treated!

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