2. Body Aches
Body aches are common with the flu and can occur before other symptoms or around the same time. Most people experience body aches around the time they notice other symptoms, but some people feel their body starting to ache days before they notice any other issues. The pain usually occurs in the legs and arms, but it can occur anywhere. Some people experience the pain deep in their bones, and others describe it as muscle pain.
Rest and fluid can help ease the pain, as can over the counter medications. The body aches can be so severe that it makes it hard for the sufferer to move around. Many people miss work and school due to the severity of the pain.
Body aches can be caused by dehydration, which is another symptom of the flu. Drinking plenty of fluids and taking pain medication can help ease this symptom until the flu passes.