What Does Meningitis Feel Like?

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Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours – know the symptoms.

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell.

Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

What does a stiff neck feel like in meningitis?

A headache caused by meningitis is typically described as severe and unrelenting. It does not subside by taking an aspirin. Stiff neck. This symptom most commonly involves a reduced ability to flex the neck forward, also called nuchal rigidity.

How long can you have meningitis and not know it?

About 25% of those who develop meningitis have symptoms that develop over 24 hours. The remainder generally become ill over one to seven days. Occasionally, if someone has been on antibiotics for another infection, the symptoms can take longer to develop or may be less intense.

How do you know if you have meningitis in adults?

Common signs & symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia

  • Fever, cold hands and feet.
  • Vomiting.
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake.
  • Confusion and irritability.
  • Severe muscle pain.
  • Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash. See the Glass Test.
  • Severe headache.
  • Stiff neck.

How do you rule out meningitis?

For a definitive diagnosis of meningitis, you’ll need a spinal tap to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). In people with meningitis, the CSF often shows a low sugar (glucose) level along with an increased white blood cell count and increased protein.