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)

(Voltaren Gel)
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)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
viral meningitis (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

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)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
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)

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

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
increased sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • 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 11
30s 30
40s 45
50s 41
60s 25
70+ 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 35
Female 129

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