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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the : Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...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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Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Ask her doctor: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon, but if you have questions, ask her 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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I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Headache, neck ache going on for more than a month is highly unlikely to be meningitis, which is generally is more acute/has a much more rapid course. YOur problem may be muscular, perhaps you have a cervical spine problem. If ongoing, get it checked. A short trial of an anti-inflammatory may be helpful, too. ...Read more

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How should be viral meningitis treated? ( got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

How should be viral meningitis treated? ( got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

Go to hospital now: Viral meningitis can't be diagnosed online so you need to get evaluated immediately to be sure it's nothing worse. Don't wait until your family finds you unconscious. Have them drive you there. ...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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Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Headache: would stay for some time if it is sinusitis, Flonase alone might not help, also viral meningitis headache might still be the cause, although with absence of fever is rare, neck pain could be due to pharyngitis as well, you need a second opinion, it's your right and no offense to the first evaluating doctor, diseases change course and evolve with time ...Read more

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Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago.Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago.Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hard to tell: From the information you have given it is impossible to tell what the actual diagnosis is or how the patient is doing. This should be discussed at length with the treating doctors. ...Read more

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How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

Many self heal: Viral meningitis is rarely deadly. Minor degrees occur sometimes with simple infections like mumps or mono. Most of the enterovirus meningitis will self heal after the persons immune system kicks in. If you have a specific agent in mind you are welcome to ask. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Days to weeks: Viral meningitis typically only requires supportive therapy and patients recover after days to weeks. Most viruses responsible for causing meningitis are not amenable to specific treatment and conservative measures such as fluid, bedrest, and analgesics are usually effective. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point. ...Read more

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Could a person have aphasia with viral meningitis?

Could a person have aphasia with viral meningitis?

Possible: There are multiple possible effects of viral meningitis although in general it tends to be milder than bacterial meningitis. I would suggest that you look at the following article: " neuropsychological sequelae of bacterial and viral meningitis" by h. Schmidt, b. Heimann, m. Djukic, c.Mazurek, c. Fels, c.-w. Wallesch and r. Nau. From 2006. Available online. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Bacteria more: Destructive. This is a difference in the biology of the pathogenicity of bacteria vs. Viruses. Bacteria induce stronger inflammatory response, release more toxins, enzymes etc. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Many reasons: Bacterial menningitis usually results in pus in the meninges which causes damage it also affects the blood vessels which can cause strokes. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for post viral meningitis headaches?

Yes: Persistent chronic (15 or more days per month) postmeningitis headaches are treated like chronic migraine or chronic tension type headaches depending upon the features of the headache. Narcotic medications are avoid since they can cause medication rebound headaches if taken more than twice a week. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

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. 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