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Skeletal Pain and Whatever's Going Around

Here, at least on the East coast of the U.S., there is some sort of cold or flu going around. Now I take the flu shot. I'm not one who believes the shots are perfect. But neither do I think it's just another way to get into my wallet. And I am old. I also take the pneumonia shot. But that's another matter.

About two or three weeks ago, I took this "cold" in a minor way, a mere inconvenience. A bit of stuffy nose, a ticklish cough. And that cough turned into an amazing cough that almost caused me to black out any number of times, when I would laugh, or, unannounced and at random.

But one other thing showed up. Pain in my left arm. Excruciating pain. Which then traveled to between my shoulder blades and my back.

At first, I thought this was due to a fall I had taken that had caused me to break my left wrist. But that break was minimal, and the healing process was well-along. OK.

Then, too, I had gone down the basement to turn off a light, and in the process, I felt this mildly sickening jelly-like sound (wrap your head around THAT description) in my lower back that told me, "Uh-oh. You're going to be sorry THAT happened!" And I was.

Well, certainly this was no part of the cold/flu bit, was it? Don't be too sure. You see, a friend, I learned later, had a cold that included incredible skeletal pain! And an elderly friend was found on the ground and had to be taken to the hospital. He could not move, and he was diagnosed with the flu. He spent some time in ICU and is now at a rehabilitation home.


Well, my theory is that people, even though they may feel moderately well, may be sick at times, even though it never crosses their mind. I would suggest they are very minor sicknesses, and do not have to produce a sore throat, congestion, a cough, sinus troubles, or even a headache. Other symptoms not associated with ordinary illness are experienced. Still they are "sick." Does this seem reasonable to you?

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lookatdesktop wrote on February 19, 2018, 4:57 PM

Yes, this is reasonable to imagine. Pain radiating down the left arm could be a symptom of or precursor to a heart attack, but not necessarily.

VinceSummers wrote on February 19, 2018, 5:01 PM

Yes, I had thought of that, but it seemed unlikely when it spread to other parts of my skeleton.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 19, 2018, 5:13 PM

I am glad of that. I heard on the news that a child with the flu suffered from heart issues as a result of flu and unfortunately for that child he or she died from what was termed, 'Complications of the flu.'

MegL wrote on February 19, 2018, 5:22 PM

I have hd pain radiating down my arm but it wasn't my heart (nor was it the flue), I had pulled a muscle along my spine and that was causing the problem (according to the doctor). She suggested rest. My daughter has done sports massage and was able to find the knotted muscle and massage it. That was better than any pain reliever!