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What does it mean when you have a sore throat, fever & a stiff neck?

What does it mean when you have a sore throat, fever & a stiff neck?

See Below: Most of the time those symptoms are an indication of a tonsil infection. Which can be viral or bacterial. However the neck is normally sore not stiff. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I have a sore throat and sore/stiff neck. What should I do to treat these symptoms?

I have a sore throat and sore/stiff neck. What should I do to treat these symptoms?

See your doc: A sore throat can be from many causes, simple things like a cold. That inturn can cause the neck muscles to become stiff and sore. The simle things usually resolve in a few days. If the sore throat lasts longer, see your family doc. ...Read more

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Sore throat and stiff neck and headache?

Sore throat and stiff neck and headache?

Headache, stiff neck: Any time you have a stiff neck and headache, you need to be seen immediately to rule out meningitis. It may be that you are coming down with a cold or other viral infection. Please be seen right away by a doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, ear ache & stiff neck what could this be?

Sore throat, ear ache & stiff neck what could this be?

If stiff neck means-: -just sore 2 move it around, not so stiff U can't turn it & is extremely painful. Probably a symptom of flu, but if also running a fever & chills, I would B check out by Ur PCP. If have a severely painful neck, fever, chills, more important 2 B Cn now, I always fear meningitis. ...Read more

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I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

Cannot diagnose: Sounds like some type of probably viral illness, but without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say more. If you feel poorly or this continues, see your pcp. ...Read more

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On top of a sore throat, struggling to swollow & stiff neck my tongue is now white at the back. What is this?

On top of a sore throat, struggling to swollow & stiff neck my tongue is now white at the back. What is this?

White tongue: MAY be from Thrush, a yeast infection. Difficulty swallowing MAY be more serious. Please see your doctor to diagnose what is happening and provide help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, stiff neck, lots of congestion and a cough. I leave for camp tonight and I'm wondering if I shouldn't go and get this checked out?

I have a sore throat, stiff neck, lots of congestion and a cough. I leave for camp tonight and I'm wondering if I shouldn't go and get this checked out?

Yes, see dr.: Best to get checked out before attending camp if possible. Hopefully, just a viral URI, but stiff neck is always a red flag for rare meningitis and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

See doctor today: If you have a fever with stiff neck and headache you need to go to Emergency now. If you do not have a fever then see your doctor or an urgent care today. ...Read more

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14yr old-- fever of 100.7, stiff neck, cough, sore throat, and headache?

14yr old-- fever of 100.7, stiff neck, cough, sore throat, and headache?

See the doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Why does do I have body aches, a stiff neck, sore throat and loss of voice?

Why does do I have body aches, a stiff neck, sore throat and loss of voice?

Laryngitis: Perhaps you had a virus (cold) before the symptoms started. You may have "strep-throat". Perhaps you have a more serious problem affecting your lymph glands in your neck.
You need answers from a medical examination and blood tests to be sure you are taking care of yourself.
Tylenol (acetominiphorin) for body aches is helpful until you see your physician. ...Read more

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Sore throat, voice loss, coughing, congestion (mostly chest), sore and stiff neck/back. No appetite?

Sore throat, voice loss, coughing, congestion (mostly chest), sore and stiff neck/back. No appetite?

Laryngitis/URI: Upper Respiratory tract Infection either by Virus or Bacteria can give you sore throat, hoarse voice, cough and fever.
Rx Anti inflammatory like Advil/Aleve. Vit C.
If not improved in next 24 hours get examined by your doctor to make sure of No Tonsilitis. You may need antibiotic. ANd please stop smoking which prolongs sickness ...Read more

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Mum 74 yr old has had sore throat for 2 weeks and now has stiff neck and headaches. What could it be?

Sore throat: Sore throat is usually due to a viral infection but also can be caused by bacteria (including strep). Untreated, tonsillitis can progress to an abscess which can result in neck pain and headaches. She should be evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

See below: May be common cold (viral), influenza (usually w/ fever & body aches), bacterial pharyngitis, sinus infection, or mononucleosis (ebstein-barr virus—usually extreme fatigue). Can try symptomatic treatment (nsaid for pain/fever/aches; fluids; rest) or see pcp for exam, possible tests, treatment. ...Read more

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Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried please help thank you?

Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried please help thank you?

Body aches: Your symptoms may represent a viral respiratory infection which can last 7-10 days. As a result symptomatic care is the course of action necessary ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck for 4 days sore throat and fatigue no fever?

I have a stiff neck for 4 days sore throat and fatigue no fever?

It is flu season: It is likely a viral infection. It is flu season, so that would be my best guess. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm really worried lately about my health. Sore throat, glands up, extreme tiredness, night sweats, stiff neck?

I'm really worried lately about my health. Sore throat, glands up, extreme tiredness, night sweats, stiff neck?

Lots of things: Could be stress, an infection, other things--why worry about them? See your dr for a physical & ask about your concerns to get them evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

See your doctor: Hi
the only way to know how ill you are is to be assessed in person by a doctor. A stiff neck and rash can be signs of meningitis so you should seek immediate medical attention ...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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I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

I have a severe headache, earaches, sore throat, stiff neck, and semi productive cough with green phlegm and white froth. What should I do?

You need to be seen.: The symptoms you describe make me want you to be seen in person. Better safe than sorry. You might have a virus, but it could be more serious. Please go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic right away. ...Read more

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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. See your PCP for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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I have a slight fever, I'm very shivery, and have a runny, backed up nose and a stiff neck. I also have a very, very sore throat. Do I go to school?

No. Get checked out.: I am worried about that stiff neck. While unlikely - and you have probably been immunized against bacterial meningitis - it's worth checking out. Your very sore throat could be strep or mono, though most people don't get the runny nose with these - unless unlucky to have an upper respiratory tract infection at the same time. You should be medically cleared before going to school. ...Read more

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Clivus chordoma patient having flu Stiff neck and sore throat Her body is paining due to fever What will be best medicine to take away this flu?

Clivus chordoma patient having flu Stiff neck and sore throat Her body is paining due to fever What will be best medicine to take away this flu?

Neurologist this am: The treatment for flu is symptomatic Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen. The stiff neck means you need to contact the treating neurologist this morning. Viral infections can sometimes cause meningitis. That could cause a stiff neck (rather than the chordoma). If you can't reach him/her she needs to go to an urgent care center or ER ...Read more

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Help I have a sore throat, stiff neck, tender glands and tenderness to touch?

Help I have a sore throat, stiff neck, tender glands and tenderness to touch?

Med eval: It would be beneficial to have this evaluated to ensure that you don't have streph throat (which requires antibiotic treatment). Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I have a sore stiff neck which feels like its hard to hold my head up and slight sore throat and ear ache. What is this?

I have a sore stiff neck which feels like its hard to hold my head up and slight sore throat and ear ache. What is this?

? infection: Sore throat and ear ache raises questions of early presentation of infection, even a strep throat, or perhaps a dental infection. The neck stiffness could be associated with a low grade fever (meningismus). But hard for me to clarify fully in this fashion. Please contact your regular physician and have him clarify all of this. ...Read more

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How can I tell if it's a flu or meningitis severe sore throat sleepless nights fever don't know how high stiff neck extremely tired?

How can I tell if it's a flu or meningitis severe sore throat sleepless nights fever don't know how high stiff neck extremely tired?

See a doctor: You should go see your doctor. Meningitis is a critical diagnosis and can not be advise what to do in a webpage. Please go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Thick yellow fatty looking blood streaked mucas from throat, stiff neck, comgestion, cough & sore throat. No fever had for 72 hrs. Possible dx?

Thick yellow fatty looking blood streaked mucas from throat, stiff neck, comgestion, cough & sore throat. No fever had for 72 hrs. Possible dx?

URI: This sounds like an acute viral URI (common cold) possibly complicated by bronchitis, but without seeing you and examining you it is really very difficult to predict. Hope you get better soon and don't have to see anyone, but if you get worse or do not get progressively better you should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Neck Strain (Definition)

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more