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My doctor thinks I might have bacterial meningitis. Wants more info to confirm, but I am worried. What exactly is it?

Hope Dr got info. Your brain & spinal cord are surrounded by a layer of cushion like material like bubble wrap.These meninges float along within layers of sterile fluid that helps cushion your brain & cord from jaring trauma. If germs get into these layers, they can begin to attack your brain & cause death or permanent damage. The basic confirmatory test is a spinal tap, withdrawing some fluid & looking for germs. Read more...
Infected brain liner. It's a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain. A spinal tap must be done to withdraw spinal fluid to diagnose this serious infection, and IV antibiotics and hospitalization are generally required. Regardless of the cause of your symptoms, i hope you have a speedy recovery. Read more...
Viral meningitis? Bacterial meningitis (bm) is a life-threatening infection in the fluid surrounding the brain & spinal cord. Symptoms are sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting often accompanied by seizures, confusion, & coma. Suspicion of bm, based on history & physical exam mandates immediate diagnostic spinal tap. If you had bm you wouldn't be surfing the internet. Perhaps viral meningitis. Read more...

24 hours w/pharyngitis, sore neck shoulders, mild headache comes and goes. Worried about bacterial meningitis doc said don't worry. Get 2nd opinion?

Trust your doctor. although a 2nd or even 3rd opinion is your right, however what you described goes with pharyngitis, revisit your doctor for another exam if you don't feel good after a day or two, good luck. Read more...

Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Sore throat. By itself, a sore throat is unlikely to indicate meningitis. It usually indicates a virus or GAS. It is likely you would have other symptoms. If you are worried about the possibility, see you doctor. All the best. Read more...

Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Yes; read . Meningococcal meningitis is a form of bacterial meningitis. Any bacteria that causes meningitis would be classified as bacterial meningitis. Read more...
Different. Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. Read more...

I am having decompression surgery for chiari type I soon. I am curious whether the pain is similar to spinal tap, or bacterial meningitis?

Surgical Pain. Post-operative pain following a suboccipital decompression for chiari is usually due to mobilization of the suboccipital and paraspinal muscles and can be controlled with analgesics such as narcotics, tylenol (acetaminophen) and nsaids. Meningitic pain can occur from chemical irritation. You should discuss these questions with your surgeon to develop a treatment plan before surgery. Read more...
Not the same . Chiari decompression hurts the back of the head and neck pretty significantly for a few days postop. This will improve after a few days as you get up and around. Medication helps a lot. Your need for medication will diminish as you recover. Good luck. Read more...
Neither. Are you referring to the pain of the surgery or the symptoms of the chiari 1? In any event, neither will be similar to a spinal tap or bacterial meningitis. Read more...