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A 17-year-old male asked:

the headache associated with bacterial meningitis, can it be mild or is it always severe?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Severe: The headache associated with bacterial meningitis is due to an increased intracranial pressure and is severe in nature.
Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Meningitis: The headache associated with meningitis can vary in severity, and perceptions of pain differ amongst people. Individuals should not try to self-diagnose, but rather seek medical attention if any concern about meningitis.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can my worst headache ever be bacterial menigitis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Could be : Bacterial meningitis can cause a bad headache with neck stiffness, associated with fever, malaise and confusion. We usually associate the description of the "worst headache in my life" with an aneurysmal rupture causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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Last updated Jul 21, 2014

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