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Can the flu affect your nerves?

Can the flu affect your nerves?

Imagine suffering from something as common as flu and being paralysed suddenly, without being able to walk, move your hands or legs or even swallow food. Although our immune system creates antibodies to fight the flu virus, sometimes these antibodies can also attack the myelin or protective sheath around nerves.

Is there a virus that attacks nerves?

Guillain-Barre syndrome may occur after infection with the COVID-19 virus. It’s also a rare reaction in those who receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. In Guillain-Barre syndrome, your immune system — which usually attacks only invading organisms — begins attacking the nerves.

Can nerve pain give you chills?

In most cases, it is not an emergency, and often the pinched nerve will resolve on its own. But if you notice skin changes, unintentional weight loss, fever, chills, night sweats, weakness, or bowel or bladder symptoms, contact your doctor.

How quickly does Guillain Barre develop?

The onset of GBS can be quite sudden and unexpected and requires immediate hospitalization. It can develop over a few days, or it may take up to several weeks with the greatest weakness occurring within the first couple of weeks after symptoms appear.

What viruses can cause nerve pain?

Some bacterial and viral infections are associated with nerve pain, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Epstein-Barr virus (the virus that causes mononucleosis), diphtheria and hepatitis.

Can viral neuropathy go away?

Treatment begins by identifying and treating any underlying medical problem, such as diabetes or infections. Some cases of neuropathy can be easily treated and sometimes cured.

Why does Covid cause nerve pain?

Research shows the many neurological symptoms of COVID-19 are likely a result of the body’s widespread immune response to infection rather than the virus directly infecting the brain or nervous system.