My whole body hurts every day. The pain is in my knees, elbows, hips, joints, arms, legs, hips...it seems like everything. I get on the floor and can't get up; it's hard to walk or walk up stairs. I limp and have sharp pains in hips, and it's hard to get out of bed in the mornings. Basically it's just hard to walk. My extremities are killing me. My back hurts, and even the muscles in my arms and legs ache. What could be causing this?
You'll have to see a doctor to find out what you have but you might want to check out a condition called Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia or FM is believed to be a kind of hypersensitivity disorder that results in high levels of usually body-wide pain (but often concentrating in the upper body), increased fatigue, poor sleep, problems thinking clearly and often increased sensitivity to light, odors, etc. It appears to be caused at least in part by increased activation of the pain producing and inhibition of the pain-reducing circuits in the brain. This has lead some researchers to call it a ‘central sensitization' disorder.
FM is often triggered by trauma or injury or a flu-like illness and effects more women than men. Health Central has an excellent FM site you might want to check out. People who are 'successful' in treating FM often use a variety of treatments from drugs to stress reduction to physical therapieds. There is no 'cure' but new drugs have been recently approved for the disorder and more are reportedly on the way.
Here are some links that might be useful to you right now:
Fibromyalgia – An Overview
Could Fibromyalgia Be Caused By a Virus?
7 Surgery Tips for Fibromyalgia
A key aspect of FM is widespread body pain, by the way.