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Are there any treatments for post viral meningitis headaches?

Are there any treatments for post viral meningitis headaches?

Yes: Persistent chronic (15 or more days per month) postmeningitis headaches are treated like chronic migraine or chronic tension type headaches depending upon the features of the headache. Narcotic medications are avoid since they can cause medication rebound headaches if taken more than twice a week. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Headache, neck ache going on for more than a month is highly unlikely to be meningitis, which is generally is more acute/has a much more rapid course. YOur problem may be muscular, perhaps you have a cervical spine problem. If ongoing, get it checked. A short trial of an anti-inflammatory may be helpful, too. ...Read more

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How should be viral meningitis treated? (got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

How should be viral meningitis treated? (got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

Go to hospital now: Viral meningitis can't be diagnosed online so you need to get evaluated immediately to be sure it's nothing worse. Don't wait until your family finds you unconscious. Have them drive you there. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated? Does acyclovir tablets help? What can reduces the headache and stop vomiting?

How is viral meningitis treated? Does acyclovir tablets help? What can reduces the headache and stop vomiting?

Supportive care: Pain relievers can help w/headache while antiemetics can help w/vomiting. These can be prescribed by doc who diagnosed you w/viral meningitis. Acyclovir will only help if meningitis is due to herpes. Supportive is all that can be done for next several days until symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago, still feel achy/headache. Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago, still feel achy/headache. Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Probably not: A viral infection with meningitis certainly could make someone feel tired and achy for a couple of months. Without fever and worsening headache, it is unlikely you have recurrent meningitis. But this is obviously something for you to discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Ask her doctor: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon, but if you have questions, ask her doctor. ...Read more

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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the: Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

Varies: Most often you are contagious as long as you have fever. So fever free more than 24 hours is a good determination that you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

Many self heal: Viral meningitis is rarely deadly. Minor degrees occur sometimes with simple infections like mumps or mono. Most of the enterovirus meningitis will self heal after the persons immune system kicks in. If you have a specific agent in mind you are welcome to ask. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Days to weeks: Viral meningitis typically only requires supportive therapy and patients recover after days to weeks. Most viruses responsible for causing meningitis are not amenable to specific treatment and conservative measures such as fluid, bedrest, and analgesics are usually effective. ...Read more

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How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?

How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?

Yes, most likely: Viral meningitis usually lasts from 7-10 days. If she is without symptoms and able to resume her activities without pain or disability, I would say she is cured. ...Read more

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I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested I go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?

I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested I go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?

Whoa: Here's a possibility -- you may have a spinal fluid leak from the lumbar puncture. I'd get with an anesthesiologist and ask about a blood patch as well. Forgive me if I misunderstood. ...Read more

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When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.

When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.

Aseptic meningitis: Usually the patient with viral meningitis becomes contagious for 3-5 days before the onset of symptoms to 7-10 days after the symptoms show up. Runny nose could be sign of allergies. The best way to confirm would be sending nasal swab for viral cultures. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated? What medications? How to relieve headache? And stop nausea?

How is viral meningitis treated? What medications? How to relieve headache? And stop nausea?

Symptomatic care: Treatment is supportive with fluids, and antipyretics, and pain medication. Rest is also necessary. ...Read more

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Diagnosed in hospital after spinal tap with viral meningitis, sent me home, but a week later I feel worse with headache and stiff neck and spine?

Diagnosed in hospital after spinal tap with viral meningitis, sent me home, but a week later I feel worse with headache and stiff neck and spine?

See your doctor: Since your symptoms are getting worse you should see your doctor. May need to reconsider the diagnosis. An alternative is that you are having post spinal tap headaches, which can be heoped with a simple anesthesia procedure. ...Read more

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Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago. Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago. Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hard to tell: From the information you have given it is impossible to tell what the actual diagnosis is or how the patient is doing. This should be discussed at length with the treating doctors. ...Read more

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What's viral meningitis really?

Infection of brain: Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal tissues caused by one of many viral infections, some of which can be treated with anti-viral medication. It is a serious illness but less likely to cause permanent complications or death than bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

Yes: One can get viral meningitis more than once. However, in this case, your doctor will likely consider further evaluation like searching for particular viral strains (e.g. Hsv and cmv), search for underlying rheumatologic disorders, blood disorders and immune deficiency. A lot of other types of meningitis can look like viral and should be considered in this case. ...Read more

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How can viral meningitis be avoided?

Hand-washing: Viral meningitis is spread by fecal-oral contact, which means you can contract it if you touch an object contaminated with the virus. Frequent hand-washing and ensuring that children wear swim diapers in the pool are two good ways to avoid exposure. ...Read more

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How serious is having a viral meningitis?

Depends: Generally viral meningitis is mild and self-limiting, but it depends in part on which virus and your underlying immune status. Not a fun illness to have, but usually recover uneventfully. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for viral meningitis?

Viral meningitis: If the exact virus is known or is discovered, the name of the virus may be added. Certain viruses produce distinctive syndromes (lymphocytic choriomeningitis from a mouse virus, mollaret's from herpes or its kin). ...Read more

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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

None long-term: Real viral meningitis may be excruciating but it is unlikely to cause damage long-term. Herpes encephalitis is a viral disease of the brain rather than the meninges. Remember that vascular syphilis can masquerade as viral meningitis, as can cryptococcus, and a herpes 2 infection can produce a recurrent viral-type meningitis. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Viral meningitis?

The tests for Viral meningitis include:: CSF cell count, CSF culture, CSF glucose, CSF protein, EEG, CT of head, MRI of head, CSF enterovirus PCR, CSF herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 PCR. ...Read more

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How can a person get or catch viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Viral meningitis is usually a contagious disease with usually close contact with an individual that has had it. It can also occur after a viral infection though that is less common. ...Read more

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How many people die annually from viral meningitis?

Very few: Less than 1% in some reports, but that's dependent on several factors, immune status of the host, age, newborns suffer more, and whether there are complications like spread of infection to the spinal cord/brain itself, again this is rare in an immune competent subject, it is essentially a benign disease, wish you all luck ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Quite, but...: The viruses that cause the majority of cases of viral meningitis are actually quite contagious, but does not mean you will get meningitis. You may only get a simple cold when you are exposed to the same virus, or run a bit of a fever and feel fatigued. To go on and actually develop meningitis is quite unusual. SO you may get sick, but not as bad hopefully.... ...Read more

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What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

Viral meningitis: Viral meningitis can produce a wide variety of medical problems. Some patients are relatively asymptomatic, whereas others require hospitalization for severe headache, dehydration, altered mental status, and seizures. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care, and can have long term neurologic problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral meningitis I could notice?

See below: Fever, photophobia, stiff neck, irritability, nausea, vomiting etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more