When is a headache a symptom of meningitis?

Rarely. If there is a fever, stiff neck, and generalized bodily discomfort, associated with confusion, the headache may merely be secondary to the meningitis infection. Most often, however, headaches are due to migraine, tension or muscle contraction mechanisms, and mainly due to non-infectious causation. This is often sorted out in hospital emergency departments by a lumbar puncture.

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How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?

Varied. Bacterial meningitis has a very rapid onset from viral like flu symptoms of headache and body ache to more severe symptoms of headache, blurry vision, vomiting, rash in about 6 hours time. Viral meningitis has a slower onset of severity and can be hours to days. Read more...

I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

Headache,fever. Meningitis presents with headache, fever, stiff neck, and photophobia. Patients are often dehydrated and appear sick. Minor variants of meningitis are common as many viruses have a predilection for the meninges. For example, many common colds have headaches, presumably from the virus's effect on the meninges. The dangerous forms of meningitis are typically severe and progressive. Read more...

Can someone with no earlier symptoms of TB get TB meningitis & go unconscious all of sudden just after having severe headache for few days?

Unlikely. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by inhaling respiratory particles from an infected person. Tb is a slow-growing bacteria, taking months or years to cause infection. It is possible but very rare for TB to cause disseminated infection (like tuberculous meningitis) without first causing pulmonary (like shortness of breath) or constitutional symptoms (like weight loss or night sweats). Take care! Read more...

Can somone with no early symptoms of TB get TB meningitis & go unconscious just after few days of severe headache. My friend is diagnosed wid tbm.

yes. Central nervous system manifestations of TB can be the initial presentation of TB in some patients. Diagnosis is on spinal tap. Read more...
meningitis . Tb meningitis is a very serious condition. It can overtake the nervous system and cause alteration of awareness, loss of consciousness, seizures, etc. A full course of treatment is very important. Read more...

Would meningitis present with SEVERE headache and neck ache worsening for 6 days, no other symptoms though?

Possible, not likely. These symptoms would be more typical for meningitis if a fever was also present. Meningitis is not so likely without a fever, especially in a younger person. For someone with immune system suppression, a fever may not occur. Read more...