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