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Old 01-10-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Flu or Meningitis?

Okay so two days ago (Sunday) in the evening i began feeling sick (shivering, headache, tired, mild nausea). Monday morning at 4:30 AM i suddenly woke up and began feeling faint. I vomited and went back to sleep. I was a little nauseous during the day but began feeling better. later that night i began having a stiff neck.

this morning i woke up and i still have the stiff neck, but have no other symptoms except for a moment of faintness (possibly due to lack of eating?). i can touch my chin to my chest with only slight pain (not severe) and the pain is mostly when i move my neck side to side.

is this meningitis or just a symptom of recovering form the flu? it seems like i have had meningitis symptoms possibly but they were spread out and never at the same time.

 
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Re: Flu or Meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis is a very progressive disease and you would be VERY sick by now(possibly dead) if you did indeed have bacterial meningitis.

But viral meningitis can be more benign and develop more slowly. But still, the headache should be horrendous. I picked it up several years ago and you feel like your head is going to explode and can't take noise or light or anything. You just want to wrap your head in cotton and go into a dark quiet place.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for viral meningitis....like the flu, it just has to run it's course. If you continue to feel really bad, see a doc to make sure but otherwise, treat it like you would the flu...lots of rest and liquids. Dehydration can give you a very nasty headache and make your muscles very sore. I used ibuprofen for the headache even though it didn't help much, the doc's didn't want me to take anything stronger in case I got bacterial on top of it....I needed to be able to feel the increase in pain.

For your sake I hope it is one of the colds/flu/stomach bugs that are circulating this year. They are nasty and have a variety of symptoms to them so it could be one of those.

Get well soon..............Jenny

 
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