I think my virus is attacking my joints

 
 
"Many Viruses Can Cause Elbow Joint Pain
Generally, when your body is attacked by a virus, you will get sick for a limited period of time and then the body's immune system gets rid of the virus and the symptoms of your illness disappear. However, some viruses can cause joint inflammation, in the elbow joint and elsewhere. The joint can become permanently damaged as a result.

Symptoms
Just as there are multiple causes for severe joint pain, there are also a variety of symptoms that manifest with the condition such as tiredness, diminished appetite and muscle stiffness during certain times of the day or during cold or wet weather. When conditions exist that cause severe joint pain, also referred to as a flare-up, the joints can become tender, sensitive, red, swollen and extremely painful.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe joint pain disease that causes the joints to swell or inflame. Once the disease has been triggered it begins to attack the immune system and the body's tissues and joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack and damage the lungs and eyes as well. Scientists and physicians continue to search for what causes rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is suspected that bacteria, viruses and other infectious chemicals and stimuli play a role in the creation of the disease. Other indicators point toward genetics as a cause for the disease.
Lupus
The Lupus Foundation of America reports that Lupus impacts the muscular skeletal system. The disease causes severe joint pain when muscle groups become inflamed, a condition referred to as myositis. The Foundation notes that approximately 90 percent of the people who have lupus experience joint or muscle pain. Lupus arthritis can cause stiffness, swelling and a warm sensation in the joints. Stiffness or ache is typically experienced in the morning but can flare-up later in the day as well. The disease generally causes pain in the upper and lower joints such as the wrists, fingers, knees, ankles and toes."

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