Body aches are extremely common, caused by several underlying conditions. Body aches can vary in intensity and frequency ---- with sharp, intermittent pains or a dull but persistent ache. Body aches often occur in the presence of other symptoms, like weakness, fatigue, shivers and fever.
Infections like the common cold, and other viral or bacterial infections can cause body aches.
Fibromyalgia is a serious long-term condition of the brain that causes aches and pains throughout the body. Pain, fatigue, and muscle stiffness are all symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fluid retention in the body can cause the muscles to swell and press on the nerves, resulting in general muscular aches or experience sharp, localized pains and cramps.
Hypokalemia, a condition with low potassium in the bloodstream affects the way nerves and muscles function, which can result in body aches, weakness, fatigue, and muscle cramps.
Lifestyle reasons like stress, lack of sleep and dehydration can affect body functioning and lead to tiredness and aches.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can lead to muscular aches in addition to insomnia, exhaustion, and weakness.
Arthritis causes a person's joints to become inflamed, leading to pain.
Ways to managing body aches
- Drinking plenty of fluids, staying hydrated.
- Resting, to allow the body time to recuperate.
- Having a warm bath, as the heat can help relax muscles and ease tension in the body.
- Keeping body temperature under control.