Severe headaches + mild cold for week. Today neck and back pain/stiffness. Right shin hurts. No head ache. Not aware of fever. Meningitis?
Influenza. Get good rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu. Influenza is viral infection and resolves on its own in 10-14 days. If concerned, see your GP for eval.
Is it possible to have meningitis with 5 days of SEVERE headache and neck ache, but no other symptoms? No fever, nothing.
Not likely. Meningitis can be caused by variety of infectious organisms, especially viruses, but also, bacteria, and fungi. I have almost invariably seen fairly high fevers, significant malaise, nausea, vomiting, confusion, other than immunologically suppressed patients, who early on, seem rather mild. In your case, I seriously doubt you had meningitis, and wonder wonder about migraine. Read more...
How do I know if my headache, neck/shoulder pain, ear aches& mild fever is enough to go to er? Should I be worried about meningitis?
Flu. Seasonal flu is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP. With meningitis symptoms you wouldn't be able to post on the internet. Respectfully. Read more...