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did they do a lumbar puncture? a spinal tap?
the reason I ask is that you mention that the ER docs were considering meningitis...
well, if that is so, the only way to rule that out and to make sure you don't have it is to do a lumbar puncture or spinal tap
a ct does not disprove meningitis
in fact it woudl be normal in most cases
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then we can not say that you did not have meningitis and do not have it now
if you do it is likely viral
and will pass
because the bacterial kind would have killed you
which is why when I consider a spinal tap
on a patient
I make them sign informed consent if they refuse
do you have a rash?
have you been out of the country recently?
in the woods?
so would you say you are better today than yesterday?
pretty typical... stress or illness can bring on a recurrence of herpes
where are the sores?
that's okay, that's typical
this does sound viral
so I do not think you need to go back to the ER, certainly not tonight
it's times like these when having a primary care physician
as if you go back to the ER you will likely not see the same doctor
and they will have to start over
as long as you are making improvement
even with the shaking and the chills
I do not think you need to go back to the hospital
if you develop worsening headache, stiff neck, and high fever then I would go right away.
I do think it is likely viral, but my opinion hardly matters... what the ER doctor told you is what matters as they did the testing
again, if this were bacterial meningitis you would likely be dead
there is nothing about these symptoms that suggest a bacterial infection... it does sound like a form of flu... a viral infection
I think above 103, since you are here vacationing, would be a safe number to think of... that's 39.4 celcius... and yes, stay on the Tylenol every four hours with plenty of fluids.
you are most welcome
I am very sorry that you got sick on your vacation
and I hope you feel better soon
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you could actually take all three
though the less the better
you could take Tylenol, three hours later motrin (ibuprofen), three hours later Tylenol, three hours later ibuprofen etc...
the sudafed can be used every six hours
hope the rest of your vacation is a pleasant one