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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

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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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Hi I have a sore spot between two vertebra post meningitis any help?

Unrelated!: There is not enough information provided Type of meningitis, treatment, the area in question etc but they may not be related ...Read more

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Post meningitis intermittent csf leak. Vision went blurry for about 20 mins then bk to normal now feeling unwell. What should I do?

Post meningitis intermittent csf leak. Vision went blurry for about 20 mins then bk to normal now feeling unwell. What should I do?

CSF leak: CSF leak is very serious. This should be closed. If this is into the nasal chamber, blowing your nose can force bacteria into your brain.
The doctor can test the leak to see if it is from your spinal cord or eslewhere. ...Read more

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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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Does everybody with meningitis have headaches?

Does everybody with meningitis have headaches?

Meningitis: Is often associated with stiff neck, photophobia, fever and headache. Not all people with inflammation or infection of the lining of the brain or spinal cord have headache though. ...Read more

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Is meningitis headache constant? & How Strong is the pain from 1-10?

Is meningitis headache constant? & How Strong is the pain from 1-10?

Constant Headache: Headaches from meningitis tend to be a constant headache that can vary in intensity. Due to your concern for meningitis, I recommend that you go to an emergency room as soon as possible so that you can be evaluated for it and other serious causes of persistent headaches. It is one of those diagnosis that requires prompt treatment. Best Regards. ...Read more

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Will they make me get tested for meningitis if I complain of worst headache ever?

Will they make me get tested for meningitis if I complain of worst headache ever?

Headache: The "worst headache ever" potentially could be due to a ruptured aneurysm or other serious intracranial pathology. Evaluation involves scanning (mri, ct) of the brain. Also, lumbar puncture may be recommended to rule out meningitis or bleeding. Hopefully you are just having a migraine. Of course, immediate evaluation is necessary for your complaint! ...Read more

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How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?

How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?

Varied: Bacterial meningitis has a very rapid onset from viral like flu symptoms of headache and body ache to more severe symptoms of headache, blurry vision, vomiting, rash in about 6 hours time. Viral meningitis has a slower onset of severity and can be hours to days. ...Read more

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If you have meningitis, how long will it take for it to go to worst state. My neck have been hurting since last monday, and now headache for 1.5 days?

If you have meningitis, how long will it take for it to go to worst state. My neck have been hurting since last monday, and now headache for 1.5 days?

Meningitis Concern: Meningitis untreated can progress swiftly, generally in a matter of 24 to 48 hours. I recommend a prompt contact with a physician to determine your risk and, if not meningitis, a determination of what else might be clinically occurring. ...Read more

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How can I know if my headache is meningitis or a migraine??

How can I know if my headache is meningitis or a migraine??

By asking question: By the fact that you are able to get on the computer and ask this question, you probably do not have meningitis. Although meningitis can and do cause headaches, it also causes other things particularly as it advances. It can cause confusion, lethargy, and even coma. One of the most common and classic signs of meningitis is stiff neck or pain in the neck because the infection affects the meninges. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

Headache, fever: Meningitis presents with headache, fever, stiff neck, and photophobia. Patients are often dehydrated and appear sick. Minor variants of meningitis are common as many viruses have a predilection for the meninges. For example, many common colds have headaches, presumably from the virus's effect on the meninges. The dangerous forms of meningitis are typically severe and progressive. ...Read more

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Are headaches compulsory symptoms for CSF leak and meningitis?

Yes: They certainly are common symptoms, but meningitis causes high fever and mental status changes. You haven't said why you might have a CSF leak. ...Read more

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

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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My friend might have meningitis. I was around her. I massaged her head and face because she had a terrible headache. Worried I could contract

My friend might have meningitis. I was around her. I massaged her head and face because she had a terrible headache. Worried I could contract

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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I get a bad headache on top of my head even if I simply tap the back of my head. It is terrible... Why is this happening? History of meningitis.

I get a bad headache on top of my head even if I simply tap the back of my head. It is terrible... Why is this happening? History of meningitis.

See your doctor: Severe headaches should be evaluated by your doctor. There are a variety of possible causes- some may be mild, some may be serious. There is no way to know without an evaluation. ...Read more

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5 yrs old had meningitis when 3yrs and recovered. Gets painful headache almost once every year until this yr he had 3. During crisis he doesn't see?

Headache: Is there anyone in the family with migraine headaches? If yes, yoiur child is probably experienceing post meningitic migraine, similar to trauma triggered migraine. The most common treatment would be over the counter analgesics such as Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Visual disturbances are common in migraine headaches, although total loss of vision is less common. ...Read more

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Dull headache and neck ache. Could it be meningitis?

Dull headache and neck ache. Could it be meningitis?

Yes: It could also mean neck spasm, pinched nerve and many other benign things. Don't work yourself up over meningitis, but do seek medical attention for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more