Bacterial meningitis

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What is bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis is swelling, irritation and inflammation of the meninges, the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord caused by a bacterial infection.

Common symptoms reported by people with bacterial meningitis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bacterial meningitis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
bacterial meningitis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vancocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
bacterial meningitis (1)

Data from patients with bacterial meningitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bacterial meningitis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
fibro fog
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial meningitis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
itchy skin
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bacterial meningitis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
eye pain light sensitivity (photophobia) 4 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vancocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial meningitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
red man syndrome
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
bacterial meningitis (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bacterial meningitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bacterial meningitis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 4
30s 6
40s 12
50s 13
60s 4
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 3
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 19
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from bacterial meningitis patients who have completed their condition history
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