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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 322

Post-COVID arthralgia

Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission30-Mar-2022
Date of Acceptance13-Apr-2022
Date of Web Publication13-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/injr.injr_68_22

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How to cite this article:
Dharmshaktu GS. Post-COVID arthralgia. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:322

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Dharmshaktu GS. Post-COVID arthralgia. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 2];17:322. Available from:

COVID-19 pandemic has disruptive impact on many aspects of human lives, and musculoskeletal system was not an exception. Among various clinical manifestations, arthralgias were a nagging and unexplained problem for those affected and treating physicians alike. Furthermore, the rise of infodemic and scarcity of specialist consultation added to the woes of humanity. Artistic expressions and humanities have therapeutic value, and the world is rising to its acknowledgment and adoption in the scientific arena.[1] Many a times, poetry conveys far more than an elaborately written article and complements the scientific rigor within the medical literature.[2],[3]

The following piece of poetry highlights post-COVID arthralgia in its “free verse” format. Free verses are neither bound by rhyming endings nor any particular consistent pattern and rely on the rhythm of normal speech for their artistic expressions.

A virus

Itself airborne

Makes my walk

On the land


As if

It was I

Jumping from

One host to another

Since the pandemic

Ran me over

Fluid in my joints

Seems not enough

To wash

Its footprints

The nimble synovium

Feels like

Soggy waffle

In a cytokine syrup

But this time

No magic potion

No remedy in chat box

Will do good

Than a sincere

Two-word advice

“Rheumatology opinion”

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

  References Top

Vijayan S, Bansal K, Goel A, Ouardouz S, Nune A, Gupta L. The continuum of art and rheumatology: A discernment of mutual inclusivity. Rheumatol Int 2022;42:571-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Saha S, Bhatia A, Gupta L. Perspectives on poetry in rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:101-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Elwadhi D. Gnarled fingers and broken youth. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:231.  Back to cited text no. 3
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