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    Question Regarding a Type of Flu that settles into a muscle
    testcase11 posted:
    Hello, I read somewhere that there exists a type of flu that can actually settle into a muscle or joint. The article referred to the flu as the Texas Flu. In some cases the article indicated that the pain in the joint can become severe enough to mimic , as an example, a disc problem in the back. I think I have actually experienced this currently. I havent felt very well lately and I have severe pain in my lower back on the left side. Typically I run outside all year, however I noticed that this type of syndrome has occured before in previous winters. The pain doesnt actually stop me from running. It actually feels better with more physical activity, or seemingly after the muscles warm up. In the past when I had this syndrone it seems to subside afte a couple of weeks. My question is can a cold or flu settle into a joint or muscle tissue and cuase stiffnes, soreness and pain
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    I never heard of the Texas Flu....sorry.

    Influenza is a systemic (all-body) disease, and yes, it can cause muscle aches (myalgia).

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