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Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Overview)

Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to severe in low-light conditions.


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Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Can spinal meningitis be spread through contact?

Depends: Meningitis means inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal column. When caused by infection transmission from person to person depends upon which organism is the causative agent. Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) may be highly communicable with close contact. Epidemics seen in institutions, military training camps, schools and within family units. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Daus
96 doctors shared insights

Spinal Meningitis (Overview)

Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to severe in low-light conditions.


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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
Once
Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

What are the earliest symptoms of spinal meningitis?

Do you mean symptoms: Fever, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in thinking, level of consciousness, and so on. If you think you are getting meningitis go see a doctor asap instead of trying to diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
Daily
Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
Once
See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
Once
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Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Bacterial especially: All forms of bacterial meningitis are dangerous, some moreso than others. By contrast most cases of viral meningitis lead to rather benign, self-limiting disease. ...Read more

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What is the definitive blood test for spinal meningitis. If it's spread to tissue how is it best treated? Can it be treated with oral antibiotics?

What is the definitive blood test for spinal meningitis. If it's spread to tissue how is it best treated? Can it be treated with oral antibiotics?

None/No: There is no blood test that proves meningitis. Lumbar puncture and spinal fluid examination, pcr's and culture are the definitive tests for meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is treated with high dose intravenous antibiotics that have high blood-brain barrier penetration. Meningitis is not treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

What are the tests for spinal meningitis?

Spinal tap: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) will determine if there's meningitis and what the organism causing the infection is. ...Read more

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What can be permanent damage caused by spinal meningitis?

Scarring: Scar tissue around nerves and brain which can cause extremity pain, back pain, cognitive deficits and seizures. ...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