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Old 11-14-2004, 02:10 AM   #1
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Does This Sound Like Meningitis or Flu?

I have been miserable for the last 48 hours. My problem started Thursday night when all my muscles ached, and I had a bad headache. Then I woke up just freezing. Body literally shaking. The next day, I would have fever on and off. If the fever went down, I would start freezing again, bundle up, and the fever is back. I tried taking Advil, and it would give me great relief for about 3 - 4 hours. I would feel normal again.

Well, I got on the internet last night to look up high fever. As usual, this websites lead me to other conditions that are life threatening. I became scared when I saw that my sympthoms could be meningitis. I do have headaches, neck pain, no cough or drainage, fever, and now vomiting. The only sympthom I don't have is that I can look at bright lights. Even more alarming is that I battled a virus 4 weeks ago which produced the same body chills and fever, but it was all over in 48 hours. However, if I have meningitis, it doesn't explain why my legs and body aches too.

I'm in a real pickle because I lost my health insurance just two weeks ago, so I can't just run to the ER. Yet, I dont want to die either. I just don't know what to do.

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Old 11-14-2004, 03:42 AM   #2
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Re: Does This Sound Like Meningitis or Flu?

Even though you do not currently have health ins, i think it would be worth it to you to make an appt with your doc if for know other reason to give you peace of mind.You sound very distressed over this(as anyone with your symptoms would be)and you need some answers to this mystery.your doc would be able to, at the very least,rule things out or in as far as a proper Dx of your illness.I think that if you really had menengitis, you really really would react very strongly to any bright lighting.This could just be a bug that got into your system and a good course of antibiotics would take care of the problem.Please call your doc so you can find out for sure what this is and start some sort of treatment before you drive yourself totally crazy,K?Marcia

Old 11-14-2004, 08:37 PM   #3
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Re: Does This Sound Like Meningitis or Flu?

Thanks for the reply. The worst part of this experience is not knowing when it will end. Everyone tells me with a virus, there is nothing the doctors can do, but I may have to go just to get that peace of mind. I remember a time when I was so stressed out that my neck became very stiff, and it stopped after I was reassured. I'm believing that the stress plus laying down all day is causing the neck discomfort which does diminish when I get up and walk around. I did better today, no vomiting, but tonite, the cold chills and fever are returning.

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