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What is the difference between meningitis and the flu?

What is the difference between meningitis and the flu?

Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection in the brain. It can be caused by various things like bacteria and viruses. The flu is caused by a virus and it can cause multiple types of illnesses and symptoms including sore throats, aches and pains, vomiting, diarrhea. Meningitis and the flu are very different, but it's best to get checked by your doctor if your symptoms are concerning.

Dr. William Singer
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What can you do to tell the difference between meningitis and the flu?

What can you do to tell the difference between meningitis and the flu?

Neck pain: Flu has flu like symptoms, sore throat, runny nose, watery eyes, cough... Meningitis has neck stiffness and or pain. If viral, it is more benign, but bacterial meningitis can be deadly. I would see a doctor.

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Could it be meningitis or just some flu?

Unknown: You provide no data on which to answer the question. If you have concerns, please start over, list enough information for a reasonable review and ask a question. This is not a chat room so each submission to the public site must be complete by itself. The questions are not linked.

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I have symps of meningitis and tested neg for flu. Symps not worsening or going away, but I teach kinder. Get further testing or teach Monday?

I have symps of meningitis and tested neg for flu. Symps not worsening or going away, but I teach kinder. Get further testing or teach Monday?

Doc there makes cal: Obviously, if you feel you have something contagious then, you should present yourself to medical attention for diagnosis and clearance or medical justification to be off from your job. Nobody on a telemedicine network could possibly tell you whether you were in a contagious state or not since we cannot examine you physically.

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Could it be meningitis if I have a bad headache with my flu?

Could it be meningitis if I have a bad headache with my flu?

Unlikely: Anything is possible, but this is infrequent. If, however, you have stiff neck, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting, alterations in mental status, localized neurological changes, high sustained fevers, see a doctor asap.

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How do the symptoms of meningitis and the flu differ?

How do the symptoms of meningitis and the flu differ?

Meningitis: Meningitis can cause stiff neck, pain upon neck flexion, decreased level of consciousness, severe headache, confusion, dizziness, and other symptoms.

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What distinguishes symptoms in meningitis from the flu?

What distinguishes symptoms in meningitis from the flu?

See below: Influenza is characterized by an upper respiratory infection with pharyngitis followed by a bronchitis with coughing, fevers, myalgias and arthralgias. Meningitis is characterized by headache, stiff neck, fever and in more severe cases mental status changes and seizures.

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Hello, I had a pituitary macro adenoma removed 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure if I have flu or I am developing meningitis?

Hello, I had a pituitary macro adenoma removed 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure if I have flu or I am developing meningitis?

Go to your doc or ER: If you had brain surgery two weeks ago and you're feeling ill, get yourself checked out today. At least call your doctor who knows you and tell them the symptoms on the phone. If you can't get hold of your doc, and you're feeling really crummy, go to the emergency room.

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I got the meningitis, tdap, and flu shot and now I feel ill?

I got the meningitis, tdap, and flu shot and now I feel ill?

What do you feel: When did you get the shots and what are your symptoms. You had tdap and meningitis shot but why did you have Flu shot.Flu shots are not being given in April Anyway drink plenty of fluids, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever or pain and if keep feeling sick consult your doctor or go to ER

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Two and a half weeks ago I was diagnosed with the flu. Few days later with a virus. Few days later possibility of meningitis no true answer. Help.?

Two and a half weeks ago I was diagnosed with the flu. Few days later with a virus. Few days later possibility of meningitis no true answer. Help.?

Trust your doctor (s): And keep the follow up, all this can happen, flu, is viral and you can have viral meningitis, common, and resolves with no problems, follow your doctors ' advice, rest and take your medications, good luck

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How likely is someone to get the meningitis, hepatitis b, and flu vaccines all on the same day?

How likely is someone to get the meningitis, hepatitis b, and flu vaccines all on the same day?

Yes: Assuming that you are healthy, there should be no problem in getting multiple vaccines at one time. Vaccines contain antigens, which train your immune system to fight off those infections should you encounter them in the future. Your body is able to handle many antigens at the same time.

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Saw immune, ID, hema., neuro. Labs all ok, told I should be ok now, 6 mos. Ago recovered meningitis- still weak w/ flu aches. What can they be missing?

Saw immune, ID, hema., neuro. Labs all ok, told I should be ok now, 6 mos. Ago recovered meningitis- still weak w/ flu aches. What can they be missing?

My opinion: Unlikely your doctor team is missing anything, as can take a long time to recover from meningitis. Although typically full recovery by 6 months, have seen lingering symptoms even out to 10-12 months, but almost invariably there is a slow steady improvement.

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Diagnosed with mono & flu. My neck is so stiff & shoulders too. It hurts so bad. Headaches & very tired. Is this from mono or could it be meningitis?

Diagnosed with mono & flu. My neck is so stiff & shoulders too. It hurts so bad. Headaches & very tired. Is this from mono or could it be meningitis?

Call your doctor: This is a question that is tough to answer online. Please call your doctor right away, and let him/her know how you're doing, and what your concerns are. If you cannot reach the doc, seek medical attention sooner than later at an er or walk-in center. I know you've been waiting a while for an answer; hope your? Was answered and you're on the mend at this point.

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Normal to still have bouts of flu-like body aches/fatigue where im in bed for days- five months after meningitis recovery?

Normal to still have bouts of flu-like body aches/fatigue where im in bed for days- five months after meningitis recovery?

This isn't normal: Under any circumstances. Perhaps you haven't really had a "meningitis recovery." Perhaps there's another source of infection or inflammation. Perhaps something else is going on that's causing your symptoms. In any case, this isn't normal. Please see your doctor. Dr. Anne

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Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Unlikely: No deaths have been reported with nasal vaccine. In large series there were no severe side effects. There are few reports of meningitis and even fewer of encephalitis that were reported after introduction of the vaccine. These complications are listed in the package insert and the fda web site. Considering the huge number of children and adults vaccinated, these complications are unlikely.

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Still have bouts of flu-like body aches/fatigue where im in bed for days- five months after meningitis recovery. Which specialist do I see?

Still have bouts of flu-like body aches/fatigue where im in bed for days- five months after meningitis recovery. Which specialist do I see?

Internist: If you have truly recovered from the meningitis you then can see your primary doctor. You may need an additional workup for something else. Best wishes.

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Still feel weak w/ flu-ish body aches regularly after meningitis recovery 6 mos ago. Seen ALL specialists with blood work ups, normal. What can I do?

Still feel weak w/ flu-ish body aches regularly after meningitis recovery 6 mos ago. Seen ALL specialists with blood work ups, normal. What can I do?

Emphasize fitness: Be careful from dietary perspective and avoid inflammatory items such as gluten, corn, and MSG, aspartame, nitrites. Work with a physical therapist and devise an appropriate home exercise program. Contact a psychologist if your emotions are impaired. Realize that the recovery time varies. You will feel better soon if the above is instituted.

Dr. Mark Diamond
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