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I have went to the hospital months ago cause they thought i had meningitis so they put a needed in my spine and every since i been having back aches?

I have went to the hospital months ago cause they thought i had meningitis so they put a needed in my spine and every since i been having back aches?

Injury: You can get an injury to the lining around the spine (the dura). If there is a tear here, you can get leaking of the fluid (csf). Usually, this presents with headaches. This can be stopped by a simple "blood patch" where they take a little of your blood, and inject it over the area where you had your spinal tap. See your doctor and discuss. ...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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If I have re-occurring meningitis, would it hit the brain first and then the spine?

If I have re-occurring meningitis, would it hit the brain first and then the spine?

Odd question: Germs normally enter the blood and travel to the meninges.The exact point of entry is impossible to pinpoint.For some who have it after trauma,the entry is an obvious wound or break. Some feel it can enter through the nose through a thin bony layer, but that is hard to prove.The spinal fluid column is connected to the rest of the meninges and remains an easiest point to get a sample. ...Read more

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Can back pain(pain along d spine) be the only symptom for meningitis without having headache, fever and neck stiffness?

Can back pain(pain along d spine) be the only symptom for meningitis without having headache, fever and neck stiffness?

Not likely: Not likely. Usually you'd have some meningeal irritation signs as well. But if you have significant back pain, especially if persisting, seek medical care. If there is associated fevers, chills, neck pain, neck stiffness, photophobia then seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine. What is it?

Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine.  What is it?

See below: Hard to fully answer based on information provided, but my thought is the likelihood of a swollen lymph node in neck area, but would also consider sebaceous cyst, unrelated to the meningitis, Needs to be examined directly by your doctor. ...Read more

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Diagnosed in hospital after spinal tap with viral meningitis, sent me home, but a week later I feel worse with headache and stiff neck and spine?

Diagnosed in hospital after spinal tap with viral meningitis, sent me home, but a week later I feel worse with headache and stiff neck and spine?

See your doctor: Since your symptoms are getting worse you should see your doctor. May need to reconsider the diagnosis. An alternative is that you are having post spinal tap headaches, which can be heoped with a simple anesthesia procedure. ...Read more

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Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S. ?

Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S. ?

See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Inflammation: Part 1: great question. It specifically refers to the inflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can be caused by several microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A lumbar puncture is the gold standard in obtaining spinal fluid for testing of meningitis. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain and the dura, a membrane that covers the brain. The typical symptoms associated with meningitis are fever, altered mental status (confusion) and lethargy - it is a serious problem and needs urgent treatment. ...Read more

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What is meningitis ?

InflammationOfMening: Inflammation of the meninges caused by Virral, Bacterial,fungal&Parasitic infection of the protective membrane covering the brain&spinal chord collectively known as Meninges. It can be life threatening&is a medical emergency. It presents with fever,headcahe,neck stiffness,confusion.Infection begins elsewhere in body&spreads to meninges.Can be fatal if not treated quicklyCan leadTOdeath&BrainDamage ...Read more

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