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High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

Sounds a lot: Like INFLUENZA (FLU!!!!) Drink lots of fluids, takes Aspirin or Acetominophen for the fever and REST!

If symptoms continue or worsen...Call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for advice and possibly a hands on examination!
Good Luck BE WELL!
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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


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Sore throat and stiff neck and headache?

Sore throat and stiff neck and headache?

Headache, stiff neck: Any time you have a stiff neck and headache, you need to be seen immediately to rule out meningitis. It may be that you are coming down with a cold or other viral infection. Please be seen right away by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

See below: May be common cold (viral), influenza (usually w/ fever & body aches), bacterial pharyngitis, sinus infection, or mononucleosis (ebstein-barr virus—usually extreme fatigue). Can try symptomatic treatment (nsaid for pain/fever/aches; fluids; rest) or see pcp for exam, possible tests, treatment. ...Read more

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Cold sweats, sore throat, stiff neck, headaches, dizziness, and night sweats. Should I see a doctor?

Cold sweats, sore throat, stiff neck, headaches, dizziness, and night sweats. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: Based on your symptoms, I would advise you to be seen. Could just be a virus, but hard to tell without an examination. ...Read more

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I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

Cannot diagnose: Sounds like some type of probably viral illness, but without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say more. If you feel poorly or this continues, see your pcp. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, stiff neck, feel warm, general discomfort...these are my symptoms...could I have strep or just a virus?

Headache, sore throat, stiff neck, feel warm, general discomfort...these are my symptoms...could I have strep or just a virus?

Can be either...: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A stiff neck should be checked out to see if there is something serious. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

You need to be seen.: The symptoms you describe make me want you to be seen in person. Better safe than sorry. You might have a virus, but it could be more serious. Please go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic right away. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache, sore throat, stiff neck in all directions, difficulty swallowing. What could this be and do I need to see a doctor?

I have a severe headache, sore throat, stiff neck in all directions, difficulty swallowing. What could this be and do I need to see a doctor?

Meningitis/Abscess: This is urgent! You have symptoms of serious infection. If you also have fever, this could be an abscess in your neck. The headache and stiffness are signs of inflammation in your spinal cord coverings so, get to an immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

See doctor today: If you have a fever with stiff neck and headache you need to go to Emergency now. If you do not have a fever then see your doctor or an urgent care today. ...Read more

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Mum 74 yr old has had sore throat for 2 weeks and now has stiff neck and headaches. What could it be?

Sore throat: Sore throat is usually due to a viral infection but also can be caused by bacteria (including strep). Untreated, tonsillitis can progress to an abscess which can result in neck pain and headaches. She should be evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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14yr old-- fever of 100.7, stiff neck, cough, sore throat, and headache?

14yr old-- fever of 100.7, stiff neck, cough, sore throat, and headache?

See the doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. See your PCP for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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I have a fever of 101.7, headache, stiff neck, random chest pains, sore throat, difficult to swallow, can barely eat. What are these the symptoms of?

I have a fever of 101.7, headache, stiff neck, random chest pains, sore throat, difficult to swallow, can barely eat. What are these the symptoms of?

Likely Influenza: This sounds like the flu. If the symptoms just started tamiflu (oseltamivir) might help shorten the course. There are other possibilities, however, such such as a severe cold, viral or Meningococcal meningitis. See your doc or an urgent care center if you haven't already gotten better. ...Read more

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Did I have the flu? Headache, fever of 102.3, stiff neck, chills, sore throat, back pain. My fever dropped but still a little stiff neck and sore throat.

Did I have the flu? Headache, fever of 102.3, stiff neck, chills, sore throat, back pain. My fever dropped but still a little stiff neck and sore throat.

Flu?: Could be a myriad of things. Flu, Mono, Pharyngitis etc. I would make a quick visit to an urgent care center. Most of these can be quickly tested for in that setting so appropriate treatment can be started ASAP. ...Read more

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Sore throat to the point where its painful to swallow, ear ache in both ears but mainly the left, a stiff neck and headaches on off Had for 7 days?

Sore throat to the point where its painful to swallow, ear ache in both ears but mainly the left, a stiff neck and headaches on off Had for 7 days?

Sore throat: Your symptoms sound like you are having a more serious throat infection than a virus. The stiff neck could indicate a more serious infection occurring. Please be evaluated by your primary care physician or urgent care/ER as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Stiff neck, sore throat, ear ache, headache. White sores in back of mouth/throat and hard to swallow. No fever.

Stiff neck, sore throat, ear ache, headache. White sores in back of mouth/throat and hard to swallow. No fever.

See PCP: Your symptoms are suggestive of acute pharyngitis that is caused by virus or bacteria. Strep infection needs to be ruled out even in the absence of fever. Headache and stiff neck require to be evaluated urgently to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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I've a very sore throats stiff neck serve head aches high temp and can barely get up I'm burning up all day and can't keep my balance or stand for lon?

I've a very sore throats stiff neck serve head aches high temp and can barely get up I'm burning up all day and can't keep my balance or stand for lon?

Go to ER: The symptoms you are describing could mean anything from a simple viral infection or glandular fever to something more serious such as meningitis. In short it needs an examination by a doctor immediately to rule out anything more sinister. ...Read more

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Severe headache for a.week sore throat neck pain and stiffness, Going on 7dys bad neck and upper back pain. CT and xray clear? Meds work semi briefly

Severe headache for a.week sore throat neck pain and stiffness, Going on 7dys bad neck and upper back pain. CT and xray clear? Meds work semi briefly

Is there a fever?: You will do best with a specific diagnosis This sounds like a viral illness but the persistent headache needs. Clarification. You need to ask you physician to have you see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Got sore throat, stiff neck, hard to swallow, little weakness, small breakout on bikini area (not herpes)but no fever, no headache. What could it be?

Infection: Sounds like you have an infection of the throat area. Not sure if the rash in the bikini area is related to that or not. Get checked out for both areas, and maybe the treatment, if antibiotics are required for the throat, may also help the rash. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Started off with a a really bad headache, turned into a sore throat with only the left ear irritated. Swollen lymph node. Now a stiff neck &head?

Started off with a a really bad headache, turned into a sore throat with only the left ear irritated. Swollen lymph node. Now a stiff neck &head?

Flu: Seasonal flu is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP after 4 days or so. Take this opportunity and quit smoking.
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I have a sore throat, stiff neck, lots of congestion and a cough. I leave for camp tonight and I'm wondering if I shouldn't go and get this checked out?

I have a sore throat, stiff neck, lots of congestion and a cough. I leave for camp tonight and I'm wondering if I shouldn't go and get this checked out?

Yes, see dr.: Best to get checked out before attending camp if possible. Hopefully, just a viral URI, but stiff neck is always a red flag for rare meningitis and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Help I have a sore throat, stiff neck, tender glands and tenderness to touch?

Help I have a sore throat, stiff neck, tender glands and tenderness to touch?

Med eval: It would be beneficial to have this evaluated to ensure that you don't have streph throat (which requires antibiotic treatment). Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and sore/stiff neck. What should I do to treat these symptoms?

See your doc: A sore throat can be from many causes, simple things like a cold. That inturn can cause the neck muscles to become stiff and sore. The simle things usually resolve in a few days. If the sore throat lasts longer, see your family doc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sore throat, fever & a stiff neck?

What does it mean when you have a sore throat, fever & a stiff neck?

See Below: Most of the time those symptoms are an indication of a tonsil infection. Which can be viral or bacterial. However the neck is normally sore not stiff. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...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