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Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis: Stiff neck is a symptom and nuchal rigidity (or difficulty in passive movement of the neck) are due to inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord, which is part of meningitis. ...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


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Can having only a stiff neck mean you have meningitis?

Only one of many sx: There are more benign explanations for the stiff neck, such as tension headache, neck degenerative disc disease, etc. Meningitis symptoms are usually more severe, and associated with more complaints (fever, headache, severe neck pain). If the neck pain continues and you have other symptoms, seek medical care from your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm really scared I might have meningitis. Stiff neck for 2 days. Temp has been from 97.8-99 no other symptoms. Should I be concerned?

I'm really scared I might have meningitis. Stiff neck for 2 days. Temp has been from 97.8-99 no other symptoms. Should I be concerned?

Probably not: Meningitis is often associated with severe headache and vomiting because of increased intracranial pressure. Should you develop severe headache, contact your PCP or visit ER. ...Read more

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Could a stiff neck and fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Could a stiff neck and fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Yes: These are 2 of the symptoms of meningitis. Others are headache, sensitivity to light and sometimes a skin rash. If you have these symptomes, you need to see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can I have meningitis with only minor headache/ minor stiff neck or typically would more symptoms be present?

Meningitis: Its hard to diagnose this from a distance, but meningitis is typically associated with quite severe neckpain and headaches... Patients typically have sweats and chills, and are really sick. Maybe drink some extra fluids, walk and use some flexibility exercises. Anti-inflammatories might help also and se how things go over the next 24-48 hrs. If you get worse, please go see a doctor! ...Read more

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Could a stiff neck and no fever be a sign for meningitis?

Could a stiff neck and no fever be a sign for meningitis?

Possibly: Sometimes fever is hard to feel or detect, and sometimes it is suppressed by medications. However, you should note that stiff neck is a loose term when used by laypeople. When used by doctors, it means inability to flex your neck and touch your chest with the chin. ...Read more

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Can the symptom "stiff neck" of spinal meningitis go away?

Can the symptom "stiff neck" of spinal meningitis go away?

Spinal meningitis: Usually once the infection clears the symptoms of a stiff neck resolve but it can take some time as the infection irritates the membrane that goes around the spinal cord. ...Read more

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If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?

If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?

See your PCP: You should be evaluated by your physician. If you have persistant stiff neck and headache, it is possible to have a more serious problem such as an infection, ie: menegitis. Its always better to be on the safe side and get checked out. ...Read more

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I googled 'stiff neck' and pulled up lots on meningitis. I doubt I have that, just bad posture. How can I tell for sure?

I googled 'stiff neck' and pulled up lots on meningitis. I doubt I have that, just bad posture. How can I tell for sure?

Meningitis...: ...Is an acute illness with rapid onset fever, headache, and other symptoms. If none of this is happening, it isn't likely to be meningitis. ...Read more

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Having lots of pain in the left backside of my neck and I heard having stiff neck is a symptom of meningitis and I'm kinda scared about it. Help?

Only one of many sx: There are more benign explanations for the symptoms described, such as tension headache, neck degenerative disc disease, etc. Meningitis symptoms are usually more severe, and associated with more complaints (fever, headache, severe neck pain). If the neck pain continue, seek medical care from your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a stiff neck and no fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Stiff neck: Yes, but unfortunately, like a headache could be a brain tumor, but rarely is. Isolated neck stiffness without a setting of exposure would be unusual as an isolated sign of meningitis, but if progressive and associated with other symptoms shouldn't be discounted too easily. ...Read more

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Son has stiff neck but no fever. Has complained of headache here and there. Has dr. Appt tom. How likely is meningitis or something serious?

Son has stiff neck but no fever. Has complained of headache here and there. Has dr. Appt tom. How likely is meningitis or something serious?

Meningitis: Viral meningitis is a remote possibility, but if this were bacterial your son would likely be critically ill. If he has fever, persistent headache, nausea, vomiting, alterations in sensorium or level of consciousness, etc., he should be seen ASAP. Take him to an ER if necessary. ...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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Can meningitis go away? Ii had a stiff neck and fever/headache for a day but feel fine now. Head hurts sometimes though. Or could it be my posture?

Those: Symptoms do not mean meningitis. You have to rule it out by running tests including spinal fluid. I think it is more posture related like you said from your line of work or staying in the computer too long. Always see your doctor if condition worsened. Relax and get enough sleep 8 hours at least! ...Read more

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I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

Meningitis?: I certainly don't like the sound of what you're going through. I can't guarantee that this is meningitis, but I can strongly recommend you get evaluated in an emergency room, just to be safe. You should go tonight. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a stiff neck with a cold? Or do I have meningitis? I can touch my chest with my chin. I have no fever or headache

Is it normal to have a stiff neck with a cold? Or do I have meningitis? I can touch my chest with my chin. I have no fever or headache

Meningitis: From what you describe, meninigitis is very unlikely. This is usually accompanied by headache, fever, photo and phonophobia, nausea and vomiting, neck stiffness as determined by a trained observer, alterations in sensorium and neurological function and other signs and symptoms. Since cannot diagnose over the internet if you remain concerned please go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a sore/stiff neck since yesterday around this time and have no idea why. I don't have a fever or anything, could it be meningitis?

I highly: Doubt it. Meningitis produces a board like rigidity where you cannot bend your neck at all, and there is severe pain. Plus you often have a fever, headache, and are septic ( (very sick))). Still, if your neck pain persists or worsens, see a Dr. ...Read more

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Could I've had meningitis and not notice it? Had (still do) a stiff neck, headache (only when I shook my head), muscle pulling and twitching. Help

Could I've had meningitis and not notice it? Had (still do) a stiff neck, headache (only when I shook my head), muscle pulling and twitching. Help

May be: Viral meningitis may produce relatively mild symptoms, however, you should see a doctor to get checked out. You may consult this site for information: https://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html
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I have had a headache and stiff neck for almost a week. The headache comes and goes but the stiff neck is constant. I don't have a fever or any other syptoms. Is it because my period may be starting soon or should I get screened for meningitis?

I have had a headache and stiff neck for almost a week. The headache comes and goes but the stiff neck is constant. I don't have a fever or any other syptoms. Is it because my period may be starting soon or should I get screened for meningitis?

Stiff neck no Temp: Hello ~ if this was meningitis I don't think you would be in fit condition to ask the question. The stiff neck is probably musculature and responds well to massage, PT, heat and ADVIL (ibuprofen). Meningitis (both bact&viral) are accompanied by FEVER and headache. This is absent here. Try some PT or a massage & ADVIL (ibuprofen) for pain thx ...Read more

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Could my sore/stiff neck and waking up with peeling blue lips for a month with headache be meningitis?

Could my sore/stiff neck and waking up with peeling blue lips for a month with headache be meningitis?

Not bacterial.: The fact that you have had this stiff neck for 1 month, makes bacterial meningitis unlikely. You likely have torticollis (stiff neck) from poor sleep mechanics. This can cause headache due to muscle spasms. Blue lips suggests circumoral cyanosis. You should see a medical provider ASAP. The combination of blue lips and headache could mean that you are not getting enough oxygen. ...Read more

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Can purple and red sores on my feet and scalp be part of meningitis along with my severe headache and stiff neck?

Can purple and red sores on my feet and scalp be part of meningitis along with my severe headache and stiff neck?

Meningitis: This is conceivable, but if you had bacterial meningitis with such skin lesions it is hard to believe that you would be asking this question. Do you have nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, fever, chills, joint pain, sleepiness, alterations in level of consciousness? If you really think you may have meningitis go to an ER immediately or better still call EMS. Hope that you don't have. ...Read more

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Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Meningitis: Not likely. A blow to the head that would cause a cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis would cause a loss of consciousness. Sinusitis is the most likely cause for the fever and nasal drip. See an ear nose and throat specialist. ...Read more

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If blood work is normal but still have stiff neck and worst headache ever could it still be meningitis. ER doctor said neg. For flu.

If blood work is normal but still have stiff neck and worst headache ever could it still be meningitis. ER doctor said neg. For flu.

Yes: Most meningitis that's seen is viral and can be relieved with a spinal tap. Because of the severity of your symptoms you may need another evaluation and a scan to eliminate intra-cranial bleeding. Get checked again! ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more