Is this viral infection or meningities?

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   Posted 1/16/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am 24 years old and have alway been a very active energetic girl in school and in life. I have suffered from extremely bad migraines since I was 11. But, have dealt with them through medication . Yet for the past month I have been experiencing a very heavy head feeling and numbness throughout diffrent parts of my body. My neck is very stiff and I am always tired and feeling unalert but I do not have a fever. I had an MRI last year that was normal and blood work recently that showed normal white blood cells f and normal bloodwork so there wasnt signs of infection. So doctors believe it is from migraines that I am feeling this way suddenly. I feel like I have a flu in my head and neck with some numbness and I have no appetite, also vomiting frequently but do not have a sore throat or cough. I am not sure if i need a spinal tap but I feel there is something wrong. My family is very concerned because the doctors are not doing much but keeping me on my migraine medication. If you have any insight please let me know. Thankyou


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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rissa,

Welcome to the depression forum. I don't know a lot about migraines except that I get ocular migraines. Luckily I don't get the headache often. But I have the visual problems a lot. I don't take anything for it. If you want to check it out, we have a forum on migraines. You could do some reading over there and maybe post and ask questions.

We are happy to have you here though so keep posting, hopefully somebody can help you here.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Im getting over a viral infection right now. I had a headache for over 2 weeks and my neck hurt horribly and was so stiff. At first we thought I had the flu. 2 days after getting sick I got a fever...which I kept for about 10-11 days... I went to the doctor twice and the first time my blood count was super super low and it indicated a viral infection.. I was also very anemic. Still am.

I had every symptom in the book, minus vomiting etc. I had headaches, fever, chills, sweats, dizziness, pain all over(mostly neck), stiffness in my neck, very pale, very tired.... etc. I been on the couch ever since. I took some medicine the first time because my doctor thought I also had bronchitis.. There is nothing they can do for viral infections..

So, Im still trying to get over it. I still get very tired and hurt. Im normally this way anyways, but even more now. And I can still feel the pain/stiffness in my neck.

But, I think you should try the hospital or something. Keep going until you get an answer, your sick and its there job to help you... Feel better
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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Rissa, I don't know what could be wrong but if I were you I would go to another dr and get a second opinion.  It doesn't sound right if you are vomiting a lot.  If your regular dr isn't willing to pursue your problem I would find somebody else who will help you.  You need to get this under control.  I wish you luck and hope you will feel better soon.  Post again and let us know what is happening.

Take care,


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   Posted 1/17/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Rissa,

If you are wanting to rule out meningitis, you would need to have a spinal tap to obtain spinal fluid to be sent to lab for analysis.

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Meningitis is usually caused by an infection with a virus or a bacterium. Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or a bacterium is important because of differences in the seriousness of the illness and the treatment needed.

In the United States, bacterial meningitis is relatively rare and usually occurs in isolated cases. Clusters of more than a few cases are uncommon.

You have the right to ask your physician to run a spinal tap if you fear you have been misdiagnosised.

Take care and remember I am not a professional.




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