Motrin or Advil will reduce muscle cramps, headache, and stiff joints. This class of medications works by blocking the chemical reactions in your body that lead to the troubling aches and pains, so starting early may limit the length and severity of your illness. Consider taking 400mg of ibuprofen as soon as you notice the illness coming on, and then continue the same dose every six hours for one to two days.

'Men's Journal' contributing editor Dr. Robert M. Mordkin, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.