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Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago,still feel achy/headache.Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Recovered from viral meningitis 2 mos ago,still feel achy/headache.Wbc, sed rate, cpk levels normal today, can meningitis be back even if blood is ok?

Probably not: A viral infection with meningitis certainly could make someone feel tired and achy for a couple of months. Without fever and worsening headache, it is unlikely you have recurrent meningitis. But this is obviously something for you to discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

Can you get viral meningitis twice?

Yes: One can get viral meningitis more than once. However, in this case, your doctor will likely consider further evaluation like searching for particular viral strains (e.g. Hsv and cmv), search for underlying rheumatologic disorders , blood disorders and immune deficiency. A lot of other types of meningitis can look like viral and should be considered in this case. ...Read more

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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

None long-term: Real viral meningitis may be excruciating but it is unlikely to cause damage long-term. Herpes encephalitis is a viral disease of the brain rather than the meninges. Remember that vascular syphilis can masquerade as viral meningitis, as can cryptococcus, and a herpes 2 infection can produce a recurrent viral-type meningitis. ...Read more

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How can a person get or catch viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Viral meningitis is usually a contagious disease with usually close contact with an individual that has had it. It can also occur after a viral infection though that is less common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

2 yrs old meningitis: Classic symptoms in two years old are nausea &vomiting, headache, fever, increase sesitivity to light, altered mental status and confusion, seizure activity, lethargy, neck pain and stiffnass.The symptoms in viral meningitis are milder. Not all symptoms have to be present in all cases, and they vary from case to case.Viral meningitis is trasfered by close bodily cotact via secretions and touching. ...Read more

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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis from a beattle bite?

Beattles me: Viruses usually infect through the respiratory tract. This means that you get them through the nose and lungs and then they go to the brain. However, ticks and fleas and mosquitoes can inject the virus directly into your blood stream. I do not know any beetles that do this, but am sure there are some who try. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Quite, but...: The viruses that cause the majority of cases of viral meningitis are actually quite contagious, but does not mean you will get meningitis. You may only get a simple cold when you are exposed to the same virus, or run a bit of a fever and feel fatigued. To go on and actually develop meningitis is quite unusual. SO you may get sick, but not as bad hopefully.... ...Read more

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Is it typical to have personality changes temporarily while recouperating from viral meningitis?

Is it typical to have personality changes temporarily  while recouperating from viral meningitis?

No: Mental status or personality changes can occur during the illness, while recuperating they should usually feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Blood Culture (Definition)

Blood cultures refers to taking a sample of blood and growing in the microbiology laboratory for invasive organisms. Typically blood cultures are used for bacteria but can also be used to try and identify fungal organisms in ...Read more