How stiff is your neck with meningitis?
Your doctor may also look for two specific signs of a meningitis infection: Brudzinski’s sign: Your doctor will pull your neck forward slowly. Neck stiffness and involuntary bending of the knees and hips can indicate meningitis. Intense pain in your back or thigh can indicate meningitis.
What does a stiff neck feel like?
A stiff neck is typically characterized by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head to the side. It may also be accompanied by a headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and/or arm pain.
Why do you get a stiff neck with meningitis?
Most commonly in meningitis, the cerebrospinal fluid and its surrounding meninges—the arachnoid mater and pia mater—are infected and inflamed. While the dura mater may have little to no inflammation, its nerve fibers may become activated and contribute to neck pain and nuchal rigidity. Video: What Causes a Stiff Neck?
How do you rule out meningitis?
Blood is drawn to check the white and red blood cell counts. A chest X-ray film may be obtained to look for signs of pneumonia or fluid in the lungs. Other tests may be performed to look for other sources of infection. Spinal tap: A spinal tap, or lumbar puncture, is necessary to diagnose meningitis.