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

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Dr. Jane Eason
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jane Eason
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine

In brief: Probably not

Bacterial meningitis moves much quicker and makes you very sick so it wouldn't be lingering around for a month.
Viral meningitis causes headaches and neck pain but usually with fever and will resolve before 1 month. I would see your doctor for thorough exam and then consider seeing your chiropractor to help with the neck pain and headaches.

In brief: Probably not

Bacterial meningitis moves much quicker and makes you very sick so it wouldn't be lingering around for a month.
Viral meningitis causes headaches and neck pain but usually with fever and will resolve before 1 month. I would see your doctor for thorough exam and then consider seeing your chiropractor to help with the neck pain and headaches.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Headache

Neither, its been too long to be either one.
See your doctor about getting xrays of your cervical spine.

In brief: Headache

Neither, its been too long to be either one.
See your doctor about getting xrays of your cervical spine.
Dr. Oscar Novick
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