Body aches can be the result of everyday life activities like too much standing, walking and exercise. It is the most common symptom of flu and of many other health conditions.

Body aches can be lessened and relieved through home treatments and rest. However, body aches can last for a long time if you have an underlying condition. See a doctor immediately, who will deal with your concerns about body aches so that they can plan for long-term treatment with its associated symptoms.


The types of body aches are classified according to their causes. These causes include the following:

  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Cold or flu
  • Dehydration
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Mononucleosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Stress
  • Vitamin D deficiency


Body aches may be associated with the following conditions and symptoms:

1. Anemia

Symptoms of anemia include:

  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Cold feet or hands
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Exhaustion
  • Head or chest pain
  • Pale skin

2. Arthritis

Symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Not being able to move a joint all the way
  • Stiffness in your joints
  • Swelling, warmth, or redness around the joint

3. Chronic fatigue syndrome

Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble remembering or thinking
  • Trouble sleeping

4. Cold or flu

Symptoms of a cold or flu include:

  • Sore throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Thick, colored mucus
  • Headaches or earaches

5. Dehydration 

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dark urine
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Exhaustion
  • Extreme thirst

6. Fibromyalgia

Symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Tingling sensations in your hands and feet
  • Trouble remembering or thinking
  • Trouble sleeping

7. Histoplasmosis

Body aches are a common symptom of histoplasmosis. Other symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Headaches

8. Lack of sleep

Symptoms of sleep deprivation include:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Falling asleep during the day without realizing it
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Trouble speaking properly
  • Trouble understanding when reading or listening to others
  1. Lupus

Symptoms include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Swelling or redness around joints

10. Lyme disease

Symptoms include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes and cold sweats

11. Mononucleosis

Symptoms include:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen tonsils or lymph nodes
  1. Multiple sclerosis

Symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Exhaustion
  • Temporary or permanent blindness, typically in only one eye
  • Trouble remembering or thinking
  • Trouble walking or staying balanced
  • Weakness

13. Pneumonia

Symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Hot flashes and cold sweats
  • Nausea
  • Pain in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  1. Stress

Watch out for other symptoms of stress and anxiety, such as:

  • Abnormal physical shaking
  • Abnormally high heart rate
  • Headaches, such as tension headaches or migraines
  • Hot flashes or cold sweats
  • Hyperventilating
  • Increased blood pressure

15. Vitamin D deficiency

Other symptoms include:

  • Body cramps
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Muscle twitching or spasms
  • Numbness
  • Seizures


See your doctor when you notice these persistent symptoms of body aches:

  • Body ache after a change in the medications you take
  • Body ache after a tick bite
  • Body ache with an elevated temperature
  • Body aches with a rash
  • Pain that does not go away
  • Redness or swelling
  • Severe muscle pain


Below are the treatments that could help relieve body aches:

  • Give yourself a time to rest
  • High-impact activities should be avoided until the body ache is resolved
  • Stretch the muscles gently
  • Weight-lifting sessions should be avoided
  • Yoga and meditation are advised to relieve stress

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