Welcome to SpinalMeningitisSymptoms.com

Spinal Meningitis is a serious and/or severe infection caused by a brain inflammation of the membrane covering both the spinal-cord and brain. Non-bacterial meningitis is often referred to as aseptic meningitis. Much more serious bacterial meningitis is also a common medical condition.

A viral infection may result in viral spinal meningitis which normally gets better without any medical treatment. However, bacterial infections are extremely serious. In fact, severe bacterial spinal meningitis may cause death or severe brain damage, even if treated. Most common and important meningitis disease causes and risk factors are from mosquito bites, fungi, some chemicals, genital herpes, drug allergies, some tumors and cancers.

Symptoms of Meningitis

High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. symptoms of spinal meningitisThese symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness.

In newborns and small infants, the classic symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to detect. Infants with meningitis may appear slow or inactive, have vomiting, be irritable, or be feeding poorly.

As meningitis disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures.

Spinal Meningitis Symptoms usually come on rapidly, and may include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Mental status changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck (meningismus)

Other Meningitis Symptoms can also occur with meningitis disease:

  • Agitation
  • Bulging fontanelles
  • Decreased consciousness
  • Poor feeding or irritability in children
  • Rapid breathing
  • Unusual posture, with the head and neck arched backwards (opisthotonos)

Meningitis is an important cause of fever in children and newborns.

People cannot easily tell if they have very dangerous bacterial meningitis, or less severe viral meningitis by how they feel or their symptoms, so they should get fast medical attention.

We have extensive meningitis information with 1000s of pages of health and wellness resources at Spinal Meningitis Organization website.

Signs and tests for Meningitis

Physical examination will usually show:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Fever
  • Mental status changes
  • Stiff neck

For any patient who is suspected of having meningitis, it is important to perform a lumbar puncture a.k.a. “spinal tap” where spinal fluid (known as cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) is collected for testing.

Tests may be done including:

  • Blood culture
  • Chest xrays
  • CSF examination for cell count, glucose, and protein
  • CT scan of the head
  • Gram stain, other special stains, and culture of CSF

Treatment for Meningitis

Doctors prescribe antibiotics for bacterial meningitis. The type will vary depending on the bacteria causing the infection. Antibiotics are not effective in viral meningitis.

Other medications and intravenous fluids will be used to treat symptoms such as brain swelling, shock, and seizures. Some people may need to stay in the hospital, depending on the severity of the illness and the treatment needed.

Expectations / Prognosis for Meningitis

Early diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis is essential to prevent permanent neurological damage. Viral meningitis is usually not serious, and symptoms should disappear within 2 weeks with no lasting complications.

Complications of Meningitis

  • Brain damage
  • Buildup of fluid between the skull and brain (subdural effusion)
  • Hearing loss
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Seizures

When to Call your Health Care Provider

If you think that you or your child has symptoms of meningitis, get emergency medical help immediately. Early treatment is key to a good outcome.

Prevention of Spinal Meningitis

Vaccine for meningitisHaemophilus vaccine (HiB vaccine) in children will help prevent one type of meningitis.

The pneumococcal spinal meningitis vaccine is now a routine childhood immunization and is very effective at preventing pneumococcal meningitis.

Household members and others in close contact with people who have meningococcal meningitis should receive preventive antibiotics to avoid becoming infected themselves.

The meningococcal vaccination is recommended for:

  • Adolescents ages 11 – 12 and adolescents entering high school (about age 15) who have not already received the vaccination.
  • All college freshmen who have not been vaccinated and are living in dorms.
  • Children age 2 and older who do not have their spleen or who have other problems with their immune system.
  • Those traveling to countries where diseases caused by meningococcus are very common (ask your doctor).
  • Some communities conduct vaccination campaigns after an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis

42 Responses to Welcome to SpinalMeningitisSymptoms.com

  1. m.e.brady says:

    Had facet shots in spine on10/3/12. At. Demention. Surgery center in Annapolis M.D. Since this is containing steroids cortisone. I would like to know if. I am in any danger from any contamination as had a small knot on the side of my spine it is still there.

  2. angel says:

    Can it come back if you have already had it before?

  3. Mark says:

    I contracted spinal meningitis as an infant.

    I had 2-3 spinal taps and was given tetracycline.

    I’m 52 years old now and am in good health.

    Is there any relationship between tetracycline and/or spinal meningitis and issues with anger?


  4. Michele Kohler says:

    I have been fighting something that has chest pain ,severe left side pain down into my pelvic area,light sensitive, head ache and neck pain, fatigue for almost 2 + some years now, I been given a lot of cortison shots in my vein and intermusclear ARM ,and 2010 in spinal cord. I’m been to every doctor possible, all the sudden I ask could this be menigitis. Their suggion a spinal tap? What should I do ??

  5. Can u catch spinal meningitis from a skin breaking contact with salava?

  6. Britany says:

    Hey my name is Britany my mom passed away 2008 from Spinal Meningitis an I was wondering how she got it and why her death was so sudden

  7. s.sidden@yahooo.com says:

    Is it contageos? I had a sister die with what the dr. said was spinal memgitis in early 60s . There were 8 members of family.

  8. Denise cloud-miller says:

    My Mother works at a bank with someone who has me meningitis, she has been hospitalized and we wondering if the other employees of the bank need to be checked or vaccinated? Please rely because my Mother is 70 years old and has had other health issues!

  9. tatyanna says:

    this is sad): i feel bad.

  10. coffee says:

    Thanks for the info, for the last four days, I have had most of these symptoms. And late last night, my muscles began contracting uncontrollably.. I’m a massage therapist, from one of the best schools in the country, so I have an idea of the body, and could tell my spine and inflamed like brain/headache was a big issue from the get go. I tried ohming on the way home from school, and it relaxed me.
    I went to hospital as my whole body was freezing up and lasting non stop 4-7 minutes at a time for over an hour, the only thing that helped calm me, were thode yoga ohms. I don’t know what a seizure feels like, but my state of mind felt well.
    They managed to get my heart rate of 160 down, got rid of the second fever, as well as my uncontrolled shaking with the help of yoga (; but I’m still in severe pain and back in my bed with a simple diagnosis of a UTI. I’m not one to diagnose myself, but I feel there is more to these symptoms than a track infection.
    What should I do?

  11. Anirudh says:

    I love meningitis!!

  12. cia mia says:

    My step dad found out he had meningitest…it seem pretty bad because he was very confused….my dad lost his balance on his way out of using the restroom..he fell and hit his face on our pooltable then hit face first on the floor….i new some thing was very very wrong because he couldnt even. Reconize me wen he saw me in the er room…he still seems very confused he seems to see things…well he sees people he says…or help say things that never happen…like i went to visit him at the hospital and he told me he had left for the day…and he had just made it back to his room…he said the hospital was looking for him so he came back….he said all he did was buy some ice cream shakes….but i know he hadnt been out the bed…let alone to get icecream…im scared hes not gonna get to come back home…he still has a problem walkin and keeping his balance…wat are the chances of him getn beter…he found a few things wrong with him but as far as the menjts goes would that prevent him from comimg back home

  13. charmin says:

    I had spinal minijitus when I was born and I was told fluid was drawn from my head and back. I am 30 now,and I’m just curious if its possible I could have reoccurring types of this because I do have a lot of problems with my back and other problems as well.Please respond as soon as possible. Thank you.

  14. Rayanne Wise Spirit says:

    I had spinal meningitis when I was about 10-11 years old could it cause back problems? And will I ever get it again?

  15. I have just been wondering if I could possibly have spinal meningitis. But I don’t have health insurance to go to the Dr. But my neck has been hurting for about a month now. It is just really a hey and almost tingleie and very tires weak and fatique. I actually had a few days I was in bed for a couple days vomiting. Do you think I should just take the money and go to the Dr.

  16. chari massie says:

    can spinal men manifest later in life. once in college i was in such pain an ambulance was called. in a small rural town they suspected s.m. and were looking for my parents permission to give me a spinal tap. they refused. recently i have had the same symptoms: inability to raise my head without excrutiaing pain. could this be a sympton of a 49 yr. old menopause.? diagnosed with extreme migranes does this happen to women my age because about every hour the pain wakes me up. HELP
    ME the only answers i seem to get are on the net. wisdom galore from other with same\or similar problems

  17. mike facciolo says:

    Please someone with some Med background please E-mail
    About this disease, my mother is in the hospital and has this problem thank you

  18. Kitty Quinlan says:

    I had spinal memengutis (bacterial) when I was 5 that was 59 years ago. My question is is it safe to see a chiropractor?

  19. Jade says:

    very educational! helps alot with my science project! c:

  20. donna says:

    can you get it from having a steroid injection in the neck

  21. mpho says:

    Iv had a back injury for 6/7 months it affected my whole body.my heart is sometimes very painful and feels like i am being stabbed and now my eyes are painful and have daily headaches what is it??

  22. Lucius Faglie says:

    A fever can be caused by many different conditions ranging from benign to potentially serious. Some studies suggest that fever is useful as a defense mechanism as the body’s immune response can be strengthened at higher temperatures, however there are arguments for and against the usefulness of fever, and the issue is controversial. ..':^

    Please do check out our very own blog http://healthmedicinebook.comua

  23. Anne Lewis says:

    I just had strep pnuemonia. I was hospitalized for 11 days with it. I am having a hard time bouncing back from it. I do have some headaches and run a low grade temp. Should I be alarmed.

  24. Becky Papenfuhs says:

    My son Channing was born with spinal meningitis. He will be 22 years old in November. He is perfectly healthy & didn’t suffur from any long term affects from the disease. I thank God for keeping my son safe & grow into a strong healthy man.

  25. Yuk Sandgren says:

    A stiff neck isn’t usually an indication of a serious medical problem, but it can impede your daily activities and make it hard to get to sleep. Although most often caused by poor posture at work, a stiff neck can also be caused by sleeping wrong or straining through exercise. Read on for some practical tips on how to relieve the pain.^..;-

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  26. Francine Castaneda says:

    My son had bacterial spinal menengitus when he was six. I remembered the symptoms from then. I have a headache that I can not get rid of, stiffness of the neck, nausia, and not eating too much. I do not have vomiting and only a slight fever. Should I go see a doctor?

  27. lizzy says:

    is it contagious ?

  28. robert braun says:

    I am 48 years old now and have suffered so many illnesses since I had bacterial spinal meningitis as a child . I was in a comma for weeks after a surgeon from Europe was flown in at the time who had done several spinal extractions in the late 70,s. I could not tell you how many times in the past I have lost feelings in my legs and could not walk . Doctors in Europe could not explain why! I also had such a hard time in school but I did go on to university and forced my self so hard I had three nervous break downs , but completed so exhausting! now they are telling me my spine is of an 70 or 80 yearold man . I have severe DJD . I am so tired of all my diseases since that damn tick embedded itself under my skull it was removed but I already had the desease bacterial spinal meningitis . I was told that I was supposed to be dead or severly mentally challenged. !!! I am not but I can tell you I have suffered so many kinds of infections since then .. WHY?

  29. robert braun says:

    if you can answer any of my questions I would be forever greatful. thank you

  30. Gilbert Gallegos says:

    I got meningitis when 20 yrs old and now having same symtems can’t it come back? An if so will it be worse? My last recovery was about 6 months when finally went back to work .

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  39. Clifton Garry says:

    Yes I was looking this up because I had spinal meningitis when I was 5or6 years old, and I’ve had problems all my life with this dry stuff leaking out, and pain up and down my spine and up my neck and the back of my head. An it fills like my brain is on fire an swelling, what going on with me.

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    My BFF died in April 5 2014 but before he went to hospital he was here at my house is it like parvovirus is the jerm in my house still cause I got stiff neck and I threw up twice two different days but my tummy been upset since my stiff neck I’m frecking out

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