Influenza virus and leg spasm

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Leg and muscle spasms may be symptoms of some infections, such as influenza. If your illness causes diarrhea or vomiting, you may also suffer from electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to leg spasms. If your leg muscle pain lasts for more than three days, or if you have other serious symptoms, consult your doctor.

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span= "article-image inner caption-class">Some influenza can cause muscle spasm and pain. (image: Creatas images/creatas/getty images)

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influenza viruses with many different strains, but they all cause similar symptoms. Five to twenty percent of Americans are infected with influenza every year. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Public Services, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for influenza complications. In addition to physical pain and muscle spasm, influenza can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

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Body Pain Almost all influenza viruses can cause systemic pain. Muscle spasm may be a symptom of influenza, especially if you have other symptoms, such as fever or sore throat. If you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting, you may have a dehydration caused by electrolyte imbalance. If you don't get enough fluid, you lose too much sodium and experience muscle cramps or cramps. Other symptoms include muscle weakness, mental disorder, fatigue, headache and irritability.

Treatment

If you notice leg spasms caused by influenza, certain medications and family therapy can help. However, leg pain may persist until you completely get rid of the virus. Ibuprofen helps relieve leg pain. A hot bath or massage can help reduce muscle spasm. If your leg cramps are related to dehydration, it's important to hydrate your body. Sports drinks help replenish lost electrolytes.

Preventive measures Influenza may cause serious complications in some people. If you can't control fluids, seek emergency medical care. If dehydration is not treated, it can be fatal. Other serious symptoms, such as fever over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, dyspnea or mental disorder, should be treated. If your leg spasm lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by stiffness in the neck and high fever, see a doctor to rule out any other problems.

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