How Can You Tell If you Have Meningitis?

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year...
Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Meningitis by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simplest answer:  ask your doctor.  (If only we all had kindly, knowledgeable doctors who knew us personally).

Simple answer:  whether or not you have meningitis, if you feel that sick you probably need treatment for something.  Get offline please, and call 911.

More complicated answer:

The symptoms you experience vary depending on your age.

Infants may have a bulging or tense soft spot.  They may also have a pin prick rash that doesn’t go away on pressure.

Toddlers may have a severe headache, rash, and or/confusion.

Children and adolescents may have severe headache and a stiff neck that is painful on movement.

Older patients and those who care for them should be aware that meningitis can give other symptoms.  In more severe cases, patients may experience problems with speech or hearing, double vision, hallucinations, personality changes, loss of consciousness, loss of sensation in some parts of the body, muscle weakness, partial paralysis in the arms and legs, sudden severe dementia, impaired judgment, seizures, and memory loss.  Hopefully, if any of these occur patients will contact medical personnel.  But do mention if the person had a severe headache and a stiff neck to aid in diagnosis.

Warning:  this entire blog is for information only.  Diagnosing or treating yourself with online information is like trying to do back surgery on yourself.  You might have a successful outcome, but you’d be darn lucky.


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