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Can overactive thyroid be a misdiagnosis of meningitis?

Can overactive thyroid be a misdiagnosis of meningitis?

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

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


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Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis: Stiff neck is a symptom and nuchal rigidity (or difficulty in passive movement of the neck) are due to inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord, which is part of meningitis. ...Read more

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Can having only a stiff neck mean you have meningitis?

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

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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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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?

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?

Meningitis Concern: Meningitis untreated can progress swiftly, generally in a matter of 24 to 48 hours. I recommend a prompt contact with a physician to determine your risk and, if not meningitis, a determination of what else might be clinically occurring. ...Read more

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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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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

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

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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 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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Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

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

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I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

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

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If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?

See your PCP: You should be evaluated by your physician. If you have persistant stiff neck and headache, it is possible to have a more serious problem such as an infection, ie: menegitis. Its always better to be on the safe side and get checked out. ...Read more

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I googled 'stiff neck' and pulled up lots on meningitis. I doubt I have that, just bad posture. How can I tell for sure?

I googled 'stiff neck' and pulled up lots on meningitis. I doubt I have that, just bad posture. How can I tell for sure?

Meningitis...: ...Is an acute illness with rapid onset fever, headache, and other symptoms. If none of this is happening, it isn't likely to be meningitis. ...Read more

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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

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

Neck 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

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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

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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?

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?

Prob not: I hope if its 3 d ago you sought some relief or expert advice? These are usually due to muscle strain from sleeping in an odd position, or related to an upper respiratory infection. To be certain, go see a doctor, 3 days is too long to wait on this! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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How do I know if my sore neck is meningitis?

How do I know if my sore neck is meningitis?

The gold standard is: ...spinal tap (Lumbar puncture) Ref: http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/meningitis_in_adults/page5_em. Htm ...Read more

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Could a stiff neck and no fever be a sign for meningitis?

Could a stiff neck and no fever be a sign for meningitis?

Possibly: Sometimes fever is hard to feel or detect, and sometimes it is suppressed by medications. However, you should note that stiff neck is a loose term when used by laypeople. When used by doctors, it means inability to flex your neck and touch your chest with the chin. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a stiff neck and no fever be symptoms of meningitis?

Stiff neck: Yes, but unfortunately, like a headache could be a brain tumor, but rarely is. Isolated neck stiffness without a setting of exposure would be unusual as an isolated sign of meningitis, but if progressive and associated with other symptoms shouldn't be discounted too easily. ...Read more

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Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

No: I can conjure a specific odd situation where it could, but meningitis is bacterial, common in kids with specific bacteria, and epidemically with mengococcus. There are also terminal phases of some malignancies where malignant cells infest the meninges and cause symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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Dull headache and neck ache. Could it be meningitis?

Dull headache and neck ache. Could it be meningitis?

Yes: It could also mean neck spasm, pinched nerve and many other benign things. Don't work yourself up over meningitis, but do seek medical attention for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more