Viral meningitis

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What is viral meningitis?

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the meninges of the brain or spinal cord caused by a viral infection. It is often indistinguishable from that of acute bacterial meningitis. Confirmation of viral meningitis is determined by testing the spinal fluid after which treatment is determined.

Common symptoms reported by people with viral 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 viral meningitis

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
viral meningitis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

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

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

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
viral meningitis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
forgetfulness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 8
30s 38
40s 45
50s 34
60s 16
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 12
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 55
Not Diagnosed 0

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