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Not likely: The findings are very different, and the pace of the disorders are also different. Meningitis is acute, associated with fever, neck stiffness, headache, perhaps delirium or coma, and is associated with an infection with abnormal spinal fluid. Thyroid disorders are more gradual, and, in absence of an unusually active thyroiditis, fairly easy for your doc to deal with. ...Read more
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Only one of many sx: There are more benign explanations for the stiff neck, such as tension headache, neck degenerative disc disease, etc. Meningitis symptoms are usually more severe, and associated with more complaints (fever, headache, severe neck pain). If the neck pain continues and you have other symptoms, seek medical care from your doctor. ...Read more
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?
If you have meningitis, how long will it take for it to go to worst state. My neck have been hurting since last monday, and now headache for 1.5 days?
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
Is there any way to know if neck pain is meningitis? It hurts when I'm still, move side to side and down. I've had it for 3 days now
See a doctor: The best thing to do is get professional help. Sometimes neck pain is just 'muscle pain' brought about by stress, studying in a fixed position, etc. The meninges - which are coverings over the spinal cord, could be inflamed however-and there are certain tests a doctor can do. If it's been 3 days already, this isn't a life threatening condition- but I'd still see the doc so you can get treatment. ...Read more
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
Immune system: Infants, especially neonates, still have developing immune systems; the neck stiffness is a manifestation of inflammation, which requires an intact robust immune response. Due to this, many of the classic adult signs of infection are often muted or absent in infant infections. ...Read more
Headache, fever: Meningitis presents with headache, fever, stiff neck, and photophobia. Patients are often dehydrated and appear sick. Minor variants of meningitis are common as many viruses have a predilection for the meninges. For example, many common colds have headaches, presumably from the virus's effect on the meninges. The dangerous forms of meningitis are typically severe and progressive. ...Read more
If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?
I googled 'stiff neck' and pulled up lots on meningitis. I doubt I have that, just bad posture. How can I tell for sure?
Can symptoms from meningitis come and go? I had the worst headache of my life and neck stiffness but now I only have the stiffness
You must see your primary doctor - she/he will take your recent medical history, examine you, and order labs and images.
When the results are available (probably next day) your doctor will decide what does or does not need intervention.
Hope all goes well! ...Read more
I've had a bad cold with fever but the fevers gone. My neck has been hurting and my head is just stopped up. It couldn't be meningitis could it?
Unlikely: Not my area of expertise, but here is what I think: you passed through a viral infection (it is the flu season), it is normal to experience neck lymph node swelling and of course to be congested. A definite diagnosis could only be obtained by a spinal tap (cerebral spinal fluid). An old timers rule of thumb is: can you bend your neck so as to touch your chin to chest? If so, fine. & u are mending! ...Read more
29 year old son woke up 3 days ago with left side of neck barely able to move, no other symptoms, not sick, scared of meningitis, could this be?
Having lots of pain in the left backside of my neck and I heard having stiff neck is a symptom of meningitis and I'm kinda scared about it. Help?
Only one of many sx: There are more benign explanations for the symptoms described, such as tension headache, neck degenerative disc disease, etc. Meningitis symptoms are usually more severe, and associated with more complaints (fever, headache, severe neck pain). If the neck pain continue, seek medical care from your doctor. ...Read more
Monday- had a headache and thought I had a fever. Tuesday- felt better but neck was very stiff wednesday- neck is still very stiff. Is this meningitis?
Yes: But don't get panicked- get yourself to the emegency department now so you can be evaluated. Given the timing of symptoms and the fact you are not confused, suggests you have a non-bacterial (aka aseptic) meningitis. A lumbar puncture is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If you had the dreaded Meningococcal meningitis, you would have been dead a day ago. ...Read more
My family just started cold like symptoms. Tonight my neck is painful and stiff. No fever. Could this be meningitis?
No: If there is no fever, it is extremely unlikely to be bacterial meningitis. People with meningitis will either have a high temp or, in a small percentage, will be hypothermic. I would use moist heat and ibuprofen/naproxen for the neck pain. One of the best ways to prevent meningitis is to get vaccinated. Best of luck, hope ur family feels better soon! ...Read more