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Why The Flu Causes Aches & Pains

October 20, 2019

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…


  • Reply Luke A January 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I'm dying

  • Reply Demi Willes January 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    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.

  • Reply JayJay Tailor January 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

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

  • Reply Nanny-Ma's Way Mukbangs Makeup And More January 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    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?????

  • Reply jay brizy January 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    My throut herts and i got runy nosie and muces what should i do

  • Reply Follower Of Jesus Christ January 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Watching this with flu .. ??

  • Reply Follower Of Jesus Christ January 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Watching this with flu .. ??

  • Reply ellesig18 January 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Is toothache a symptoms a Long with runny nose and sore troat

  • Reply The Weeping Willow January 17, 2019 at 6:43 am

    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….???

  • Reply Brianna Atencio January 19, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Hi so I’m in bed uhh sick hi other sick peoples

  • Reply John Lucas Jizmundo January 21, 2019 at 1:05 am

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

  • Reply i am 0 January 21, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I have a flu

  • Reply MurderousJohnny January 23, 2019 at 12:56 am

    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.

  • Reply Drawings 4You January 23, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Back to school = Back to sick!!

  • Reply The McGinnis FilAm Kids January 24, 2019 at 4:44 am

    take theraflu works faster.

  • Reply Leny Kong January 25, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I regret not taking the shot! ?

  • Reply suman karm January 25, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Who is watching this video after flu attack..??

  • Reply Augie Donkers January 25, 2019 at 9:31 am

    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.

  • Reply Fazbearsgamingbagel January 25, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve never even been offered the flu shot I thought it was for people with asthma

  • Reply Victor Asack January 26, 2019 at 11:32 am

    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

  • Reply grilled cheese sandwich January 30, 2019 at 1:43 am

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

  • Reply nel Shift February 1, 2019 at 8:26 am

    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

  • Reply joyceyrose February 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    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!

  • Reply 李兰 Rxhu ¿ February 2, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Oof I’ve been having a fever for three days everytimeits gone it comes back

  • Reply Zachary Bliss February 7, 2019 at 6:56 am

    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!!!!!???

  • Reply Darren Mclarnon February 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    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

  • Reply Holly Y February 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    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

  • Reply Noah Westt February 8, 2019 at 4:12 am

    I have influenza a right now 🙁

  • Reply ended - random story/animations February 8, 2019 at 7:16 am

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

  • Reply La Yona February 9, 2019 at 3:39 am

    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

  • Reply xx WinterBaby xx February 10, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I have a flu and is drinking orange juice , this is so painful…

  • Reply EAT_SLEEP_JDM February 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Flu gang right here

  • Reply Sunny.bias February 12, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I feel like I’m dying… urgh

  • Reply Simon Malm February 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    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.

  • Reply zehn s February 24, 2019 at 12:57 am

    My throat hurts and I’m coughing and my brain feels dead

  • Reply Fried Chicken February 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    i was out when he said evolution

  • Reply diego super February 25, 2019 at 10:43 am

    wow just what a have now flu! hi fever and strong head hache!

  • Reply Rebecca Rodgers February 26, 2019 at 4:03 am

    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

  • Reply Carp February 27, 2019 at 2:54 am

    It be yah own niggas

  • Reply Kralichek Morkvinsky February 28, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Having a flu! Didn't get a flu shot bcs i didn't have time 🙁 i sooo wish i got it!!!

  • Reply Rahul Choudhary March 2, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Nice joke man

  • Reply Rahul Choudhary March 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Woow there is a full army inside us so cool

  • Reply Rosa March 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Que horrible es tener flu ???

  • Reply Kendal Berry March 3, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Once the day after my flu shot, I got sick?

  • Reply S P March 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I wanna punch him in the face but im too sore

  • Reply Milo Olear March 5, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I got a flu shot and now I have the flu

  • Reply Ar.OsamaB March 8, 2019 at 11:04 pm

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

  • Reply p.s. porrahis March 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    yay immune system????

  • Reply Christina Greaves March 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Cool as

  • Reply dakoit wuther March 13, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I'm allergic to the shot so every few years this happens

  • Reply Crybaby senpai March 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

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

  • Reply Bean March 20, 2019 at 7:27 am

    me, eating boxes of Benadryl STOOOOOOOP HUUURTING

  • Reply Baupylypuab March 23, 2019 at 3:48 am

    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?

  • Reply Billy Albert March 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The Human Body really is a Beautiful thing!

  • Reply MrOathFlame March 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    You there scrolling.
    Yep, you right there.

    You guessed it.
    I got the flu.

  • Reply SPREADLOVE April 1, 2019 at 4:25 am

    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 ??

  • Reply SPREADLOVE April 1, 2019 at 4:29 am

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

  • Reply Makayla Hall April 2, 2019 at 12:06 am

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

  • Reply Maddie Demings April 2, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I got the flu shot I have the flu right now I feel like I'm dying holy shit

  • Reply Dragonball 777 April 10, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    2019 and I currently have Type A flu

    I’m so sore

  • Reply Hannah Currell April 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Well I was completely fine until I had the vaccine then I got pneumonia

  • Reply Ryan Scherbluk April 18, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  • Reply You Tube April 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I have the flu and I can’t sleep because my skin is irritated by touch

  • Reply Joan LaFleur April 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Via post nasal drip. Allergies in spring.

  • Reply Leo 34 May 3, 2019 at 1:13 am

    I guess this video will never get old
    This sucks

  • Reply SHUBHAM FUTANE May 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    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

  • Reply SHUBHAM FUTANE May 17, 2019 at 5:50 pm

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

  • Reply Angelica B May 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    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

  • Reply Angelica B May 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    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

  • Reply An Archy May 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm

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

  • Reply Davin Johnson May 26, 2019 at 8:01 am

    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.

  • Reply STRANGEJAWA May 28, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Yoooo I got the fluuuu!!!!!??

  • Reply Questify Animations May 29, 2019 at 4:24 am

    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 ??????????

  • Reply Grace Roeder June 4, 2019 at 10:25 am


  • Reply real hlungwani June 7, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I'm watching this and I have flu?

  • Reply Oliver Queen June 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I'm in pain can't breathe itchy

  • Reply Zack Taylor June 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    this is someting not to make fun of dode

  • Reply Ivan Thapa Magar June 27, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Having flu in your exams are the worst ??

  • Reply Broda Osas July 2, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I'm in sicko mode

  • Reply chanaW July 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    If I had flu while living in Stone Age, I probably would die ?

  • Reply partho dbarma July 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for information, now the muscles pain more bearable ?

  • Reply Faduma Ibrahim July 19, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Suffering bad ?

  • Reply Aaditi Biswas July 21, 2019 at 8:35 am

    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

  • Reply LostJedi26 August 7, 2019 at 11:38 am

    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.

  • Reply No No August 10, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Hate when people give intelligent connotations to evolution. It is cause and effect.

  • Reply Denkaisier Atih August 28, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Here bcoz of flu.

  • Reply Hannah P September 2, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I have flu and that is the only reason why i search for this video

  • Reply brahmoone September 11, 2019 at 4:20 am

    no.. they always seem to shot me with a wrong flu strain

  • Reply 808 Hammah September 12, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Didn’t do my flue shot due to not having medical

  • Reply Cassandra Rivas September 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I'm watching this while I have the flu

  • Reply Cassandra Rivas September 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    My body aches so badly it hurts more when I move, soar throat, congestion in my nose and bad cough

  • Reply Cassandra Rivas September 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I feel like shit when I have the flu

  • Reply Cassandra Rivas September 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm

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

  • Reply Jay Jay September 14, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    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.

  • Reply Sabrina Conkova September 20, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Who has the flu september 2019

    I know i do?

  • Reply montesalps September 20, 2019 at 6:29 am

    it is good you are cute. i feel better already. i just joke, i feel like crapola.

  • Reply Rico September 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    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

  • Reply Rosie Vaughan September 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Got the flu shot and 10 days later got the flu

  • Reply Hrithik Tailor October 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

    You have flu now !? ??

  • Reply Jungkookie's Wifeu October 15, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Wtf is the flu?

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