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Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman. Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman. Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Virus and HAs: Many viruses can cause the symptoms you describe. In most cases, the symptoms are self limited and will resolve. If not, consult your doctor. There is no evidence to worry about a brain tumor; while a stiff neck can be associated with a viral meningitis, most of these are self limited and will resolve. Unless your symptoms persist or worsen, there is no need for alarm. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...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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Is a stiff neck caused by a virus?

Is a stiff neck caused by a virus?

Maybe: Acute stiff neck is associated with meningitis, which is caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. Chronic stiff neck or cervical contracture is associated with neck arthritis or dystonia (cervical torticollis), neither of which is associated with a virus. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach virus that can cause a stiff neck?

Is there a stomach virus that can cause a stiff neck?

Yes: Actually, any virus that causes a fever can cause a stiff/painful neck as well as other muscle & joint aches. Treatment, if your stomach can tolerate it, is often NSAIDS like ibuprofen or naproxen.Those may be too harsh for sick stomach. Try moist heat to neck. If neck pain severe, don't hesitate to call doctor. About 90% of meningitis cases are from common stomach viruses. ...Read more

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Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Classic TMJ signs: You may have an expansion of the muscular component of your TMJ condition. See a neurouscular dentist with extensive TMJ training. ...Read more

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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises: Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

These are worrisome: Symtoms and may represent an inflammation of the meninges. You should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible to exclude meningitis. Go soon and don't delay. ...Read more

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what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

Hot water: Definitely! The Japanese knew about this centuries ago - hence their tradition of onsen. A hot bath or shower will do wonders! Of course rest and stretching of tired muscles even with some massage thrown in can do wonders. Best to 'listen' to your body... Pain is the language it uses to tell you 'stop doing' this or that. It helps to pay attention sometimes. Now I recommend taking it easy. ...Read more

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I'm really scared I might have meningitis. Stiff neck for 2 days. Temp has been from 97.8-99 no other symptoms. Should I be concerned?

I'm really scared I might have meningitis. Stiff neck for 2 days. Temp has been from 97.8-99 no other symptoms. Should I be concerned?

Probably not: Meningitis is often associated with severe headache and vomiting because of increased intracranial pressure. Should you develop severe headache, contact your PCP or visit ER. ...Read more

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I have a few MS symptoms of which I am seeing a neuro. Two days ago, I woke up with a stiff neck, and still today. Is that a MS symptom?

I have a few MS symptoms of which I am seeing a neuro. Two days ago, I woke up with a stiff neck, and still today. Is that a MS symptom?

No: Neck stiffness could be due to muscular strain/sprains, cervical spondylosis, discogenic protrusion or herniation, but not a cardinal sign of MS. ...Read more

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Woke up with bad stiff neck left side, 4 days ago, still not much better, only symptom, don't want drugs from doc, are there exercises and remedies for me?

Woke up with bad stiff neck left side, 4 days ago, still not much better, only symptom, don't want drugs from doc, are there exercises and remedies for me?

Below: Try using some warm moist packs to the neck 3 times per day for about 15 min each time.

If this is not effective, then you should see your DR. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. All of these can cause stiffness and/or pain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Is a stiff neck a anxiety symptom?!

Is a stiff neck a anxiety symptom?!

Stiff neck: Stiff neck is not automatically a symptom of anxiety, but muscle tension from anxiety/resentment can result in stiffness. If you also have a fever (as written on your clinical findings), you need medical attention asap. ...Read more

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Could a stiff neck and fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Could a stiff neck and fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Yes: These are 2 of the symptoms of meningitis. Others are headache, sensitivity to light and sometimes a skin rash. If you have these symptomes, you need to see a doctor immediately. ...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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Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from. This and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from. This and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Yes and no: Degeneration in the neck can cause neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and even pain running into the arm, but rarely dizziness. If dizziness is a primary symptom, you may need to look for other cause, such as for example a middle ear problem. ...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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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more