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My 13 year old son had a fever of 102-103, stiff neck and

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My 13 year old son had a fever of 102-103, stiff neck and stiff legs, fatigue, dizzy, headache. No sinus or intestinal issues. I took him to the emergency room Friday night after he reported the stiff neck. They said he had enough neck mobility that meningiitus was not the cause, they did a CBC nothing unusual found. They said maybe a cold which seems unlikely without any sinus issues. My concern is that he still has a fever, last night 102-103+ , today 101+. I continue to give motrin although not as often as every 4-6 hours. He still has a headache (rather bad today), he still is dizzy. Today will be the third day of fever, I know he is fighting something but what and how long should we go with a fever and other symptoms before I take him back to the hospital. With the holiday weekend, a office visit is not possible.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 6 years ago.
Is there any neck stiffness now?

Is neck stiffness increasing?

Any other medication except Motrin?

Any sore throat, cough , throat pain?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
neck stiffness is still there but decreasing in severity no other medication no sore throat, cough or throat pain
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 6 years ago.
Is fever constant ?

How often he is getting fever?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Friday evening fast onset, totally hot, flushed puffy cheeks; saturday no fever in morning, mid afternoon fever of 102, bedtime fever 103- 101; sunday 10;00am fever 101+ , fever now at 99+
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for all the information.

Since he is getting better there is nothing to worry.

No need to visit ER now.

You can visit your doctor if possible a pediatrician on Monday.

If there is high consistent fever , severe headache , increased neck stiffness or appearance of any rash then visit ER asap.


Please feel free if you have doubts or question.


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