Viral meningitis is an illness that causes inflammation in the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is not the same as bacterial meningitis. The viral illness is often milder. Bacterial meningitis can be very serious.
You may have had a lumbar puncture test (spinal tap). This is done to find the cause of your symptoms. These often include a bad headache, a fever, and a stiff neck.
Most people get better without treatment in a few weeks. But some people may feel weak and tired for months after the illness.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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