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How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Lyme disease can. ..: Cause a so-called aseptic meningitis similar to many viruses. The cerebrospinal fluid changes cannot easily be distinguished from other causes but antibody assays can make the diagnosis of lyme borreliosis. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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I want to know what is the difference between meningitis and Lyme disease?

I want to know what is the difference between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Apples and oranges: Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, uncommon with lyme disease. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency, can kill in hours. Nervous system can be involved in lyme disease, but less commonly and not acute. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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My friend just told me that she is in the hospital with Lyme based meningitis, what exactly is that? Also, my kids (ages 4 yrs & 16 week were around her 4 days ago, should I be worried?

My friend just told me that she is in the hospital with Lyme based meningitis, what exactly is that? Also, my kids (ages 4 yrs & 16 week were around her 4 days ago, should I be worried?

Not transmissible: Lyme meningitis can be part of the secondary stage of lyme disease. It is far less severe than the usual bacterial meningitis. The disease does not transmit from person-to-person. Your children will have no risk. ...Read more

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I was told that Lyme meningitis isn't contagious through casual contact. Is it contagious through sexual contact or kissing?

I was told that Lyme meningitis isn't contagious through casual contact. Is it contagious through sexual contact or kissing?

No: Lyme disease is not contagious at all. Please be skeptical about the diagnosis. There is a lot of medical literature showing that it is over-diagnosed. Blood tests for it can often be falsely positive, or misinterpreted. Many people claim to be Lyme disease experts. I would trust only a board-certified infectious disease specialist at an academic center to make the rare diagnosis of Lyme in brain. ...Read more

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How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed classically by sending off cerebrospinal fluid analysis from a lumber puncture when there is a clinical suspicion that a patient has this condition. Lyme meningitis can be diagnosed with specialized testing sent on cerebral spinal fluid often in conjunction with serum testing to confirm the presence of Lyme Disease. ...Read more

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I have lyme meningitis I've been on antibiotics for 10 days I'm sharing a hotel room with my sister. I read I'm still contagious is this true?

I have lyme meningitis I've been on antibiotics for 10 days I'm sharing a hotel room with my sister. I read I'm still contagious is this true?

Is there a tick?: The question is, "How would the infection be transmitted? " Since Lyme disease germs are not transmitted by sneezing, spit, or flying through the air, there would need to be a tick involved. Ticks catch Lyme bacteria by biting an animal infected with Lyme bacteria. You would be that infected animal, and an uninfected tick would have to bite you and get infected... too far-fetched! So, no worries. ...Read more

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Threshold for treating Lyme treated with IV vs po antibiotics? Had bell's palsy, meningitis, locked knees and shooting arm pains, and have doxy. 100 mg b.I.D. For 14 days. I want to avoid a relapse.

Threshold for treating Lyme treated with IV vs po antibiotics? Had bell's palsy, meningitis, locked knees and shooting arm pains, and have doxy. 100 mg b.I.D. For 14 days. I want to avoid a relapse.

Lyme disease: F the disease involves the central nervous system, many treat with an IV antibiotic for 14 to 28 days. Although effective in eliminating infection it may take time to recover entirely. My advice would be for the longer course of treatment, but am conservative. ...Read more

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18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

See your Dr: With your history of a shunt and new onset of headaches, lability, and slow cognition, I would recommend that you be seen by a Dr as soon as possible. If you are unable to get hold of your Dr right away, then go to the ER. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of meningitis are what?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of meningitis?

What age?: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more

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Do I need to have all the symptoms of meningitis?

Do I need to have all the symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis: In short no, but if you have more symptoms the likelihood of you having meningitis increases. The most common symptoms are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light and loud noises. Usually the diagnosis has to be confirmed by specific tests, in particular a lumbar puncture to sample the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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What are the most worrisome symptoms of meningitis?

What are the most worrisome symptoms of meningitis?

Menungitis: It's not the symptoms but the disease itself. Meningitis is a medical emergency and must distinguish between viral and. Bacterial (the latter may be life threatening and requires immediate intravenous antibiotics).Immediate hospital evaluation if suspected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis in adults usually?

What are the symptoms of meningitis in adults usually?

Back pain, headache: Depending on the location, meningitis almost always causes pain. If it is in the skull--headache. If in the spine--spine pain. Of course neurologic dysfunction occurs often, such as seizure, stroke, paralysis, sensory loss, speech disturbance, coma, death. ...Read more

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Do you have to have all the symptoms of meningitis to have it?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. Depending on the patient's age, underlying illness and the specific organism death can occur within hours of onset, and in the case of chronic disease may be weeks or longer. ...Read more

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Meningitis symptoms? What are some of the symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis symptoms? What are some of the symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis Symptoms: Symptoms of bacterial meningitis usually appear suddenly. The most common symptoms of meningitis include: fever, severe and persistent headache, stiff and painful neck, vomiting, confusion, decreased level of consciousness, seizures, muscle aches and weakness, eye sensitivity and pain to bright lights and skin rash. ...Read more

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When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

Rarely: If there is a fever, stiff neck, and generalized bodily discomfort, associated with confusion, the headache may merely be secondary to the meningitis infection. Most often, however, headaches are due to migraine, tension or muscle contraction mechanisms, and mainly due to non-infectious causation. This is often sorted out in hospital emergency departments by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms in 2 month old?

What are meningitis symptoms in 2 month old?

Meningitis: Symptoms include irritability, failure to feed but more importantly a full fontanele. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis: Headaches, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light (photophobia). Neck stiffness with fever and any of the above symptoms should be checked in the emergency room, as meningitis can cause damage to the brain, or senses, similar to a stroke. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of meningitis in adults in college?

What are symptoms of meningitis in adults in college?

Sick as stink: Imagine the morning after a night of drinking, but no night of drinking - that would be like the symptoms of meningitis. Severe headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, ache, trouble with vision, trouble with balance, feeling like you want to die - then you may have meningitis. Needs thorough medical evaluation right away! ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms?

What are meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis symptoms: Avoiding light due to the pain it causes.
Headaches
neck pain and stiffness
fever nausea vision changes
nausea
death - [its really really serious]. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Meningitis?

What are symptoms of Meningitis?

Several: There are several usual features. Headache, fever, stiff neck, altered consciousness and possibly seizures. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of Meningitis include:: Fever, Rapid heart beat, Decreased mental status, Stiff neck, Severe headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Pain caused by bright lights, Rash. ...Read more

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Does meningitis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, alterations in mental status are all quite commonly seen. Acute meningitis is an infectious disease emergency. There are chronic forms of meningitis which do not require as rapid attention, but anybody suspecting this disease should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can meningitis symptoms last for more than 20 days?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis would be fatal before being present 20 days and viral meningitis doesn't generally last that long.
There are many causes of chronic meningitis that can cause prolonged symptoms such as fungal meningitis due to cryptococcus or coccidiodomycosis, TB meningitis, sarcoidosis, cancer etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis in young children?

What age?: This will differ according to the age of the child. Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities. In preverbal children there may be listlessness, failure to feed, difficult in arousal, irritability, and other non-specific manifestations. ...Read more

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Can you still have symptoms of meningitis 40 years later?

Not acute symptoms: The acute symptoms of meningitis should not be present after so long. However chronic medical problems such as seizures, hearing loss, motor abnormalities, unsteadiness, headaches and cognitive problems may persist for as long as you ask.$ ...Read more

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Can symptoms of meningitis be severe and then just disappear.?

Can symptoms of meningitis be severe and then just disappear.?

Never happens: Meningitis of any cause can result in bad symptoms, and unless treated successfully, can result in horrible outcome. There is no sudden recovery if meningitis has been present, and the improvement is gradual and steady over several weeks or months. If you were thot to have meningitis and the problems disappeared, you were labeled in error. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the most common symptoms of meningitis?

Stiff neck: Inability to forward flex your neck, fever, headache, chills, nausea sometimes pain involving the entire spine are a few of the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for meningitis symptoms to persist for more than 20 days?

Viral meningitis: You need to talk to the treating doctor. Need to know the type of meningitis (viral, bacterial or fungal), and what type of treatment is being used,

The duration of symptoms depends on the type of meningiis and the severity of the infection. ...Read more

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Can you have meningitis and not know, but you do have a lot of its symptoms?

Perhaps: Some milder cases of viral meningitis may be overlooked and thought to be some sort of headache or a migraine event. Most cases of viral meningitis have headache, stiff neck, and fever. There is little question if the problem is caused by bacteria, fungus, tuberculosis, or even carcinomatous meningitis. ...Read more

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Wouldn't meningitis be detected by symptoms in someone who was being tested for it?

Suspect, not confirm: You might suspect it, but since a headache or stiff neck can be caused by a myriad of things you would never confirm or treat it without proper testing. The lumbar puncture used to confirm it also provides access to information on the germ. This allows one to decide whether it is viral or bacterial/fungal and refines treatment choice. ...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