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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

How can  spinal meningitis affect older adults?

Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Daus
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Spinal Meningitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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What are common symptoms of spinal meningitis, and how fast can it kill you?

What are common symptoms of spinal meningitis, and how fast can it kill you?

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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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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My parents told me i had spinal meningitis when i was a toddler. it was in the 1973 my blood work as an adult did not show antibodies. Misdiagnosis? d

My parents told me i had spinal meningitis when i was a toddler. it was in the 1973 my blood work as an adult did not show antibodies. Misdiagnosis?
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Meningitis: Spinal meningitis was a "catch all" phrase in those days. It doesnt necessarily mean it was the kind of meningitis that would show antibodies later on. As long as there are no side effects fromyour illness as a toddler, it is inconsequential what type of meningitis you had. You can obtain the hospital records, if it is important to you. :) ...Read more

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How do you get spinal meningitis?

Susceptable/exposed: A variety of germs that cause meningitis can be carried by healthy folks in their nose& throat & these folks never get ill. They can pass it on to their environment thru secretions or droplets of a sneeze. A susceptable person then acquires the germ and it invades their system, often thru the sensitive linings of the nasal passages.We're not sure why some get sick & some don't. ...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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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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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