Caught a virus and starting to experience severe headaches? If you start to have severe viral infection headaches, then you should check them out. It will be a good idea to ensure that your symptoms do not point to a case of meningitis. There are serious consequences from having meningitis.So what is meningitis all about? This is an infection in the membrane that surrounds your brain. Brain and spinal cord infections can be very dangerous because they cause inflammation, which places pressure on your nerves.

This will cause you to have a viral infection headache.Inflammation can also cause the following symptoms:* Fever* Severe headache* Feeling confusedSevere inflammation can cause these symptoms:* Brain damage * Stroke* Seizures * DeathA bacterial infection or virus causes meningitis. The body can usually fight and beat an infection. However, when the infection travels into the blood stream, it can then go into your brain and spinal cord fluid. It can then affect your nerves and move into the brain causing inflammation and swelling.

This can damage or kill nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. It can also cause you to have a viral infection headache.Brain swelling is very dangerous because the brain is a soft organ in a hard box (the skull). If the brain swells, there is nowhere for it to go, except against the walls of the skull. This is what causes the most damage.

There are several causes of meningitis.

These include
* Bacterial infection
* Viral infection
* Fungal infection
* A reaction to medications
* A reaction to medical treatments
* Lupus
* Some forms of cancer
* A trauma to the head or back

Bacterial meningitis is the worst type because it can kill you. It often begins as an upper respiratory tract infection. From there it travels through your blood vessels to your brain. Then it can block up your blood vessels inside your brain triggering a stroke and brain damage. Viral meningitis is the most common form.

Usually viruses that enter your body through your mouth before going to your brain and multiplying cause it. You can find these viruses in the mucus, saliva and feces.

Other viruses that may cause meningitis include:
* Chicken pox
* Flu
* Mumps
* Genital herpes

Anyone can catch meningitis. This is especially true if your immune system is weak. Meningitis often begins like the flu does. You may get a rash.

The major symptoms include:
* Running a sudden fever
* A severe headache
* Stiff neck
* Dislike of light

Bacterial meningitis must be treated quickly. Severe bacterial meningitis will require intravenous antibiotics. On the other hand, antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral meningitis because they do not kill viruses. Whether you are having bacterial or viral meningitis, what would be best for yourself is to get plenty of rest and give your body a break. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and go easy on your diet.

Do follow the recommendations by your doctor during this period. Your viral infection headache and other symptoms will start to subside as your body recovers.

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19 thoughts on “Signs And Symptoms For Lupus

  1. karlin H

    What would cause a fever for longer than one year?
    My gf has had a chronic fever for more than a year, and because her basic labs came back normal her primary care didnt think a blood culture was important. Yet she has continued to get sicker, and is now showing signs of neuro like symptoms and chronic joint pain as well as rash. She spent a year in the middle east and was bitten by a rodent of some sort…anyone have any idea where to begin looking or what labs we should beg the worthless VA doc to do?

  2. angelikabertrand64

    Do vascular problems in your leg have an impact on migraene headaches?
    I have severe Migraene hadaches for several days in the row. Now, I also have vascular problems in my left leg. Is there an research study of the these two symptoms which tricker the other?

    1. Smart Nurse

      This is the BEST Headache information.

      Make the connection!

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many allergic reaction are indeed caused from foods HOWEVER…many more are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in homes, schools and workplace.

      This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

  3. melanieinmi2000

    what are the signs and symptoms to lupus?
    Everyone is telling me i need to be tested for lupus,,because of all my problems at the age 32….barretts, had a nisan done , hysterectomy, gall bladder removed. endometrosis. fingers are twisting and i hurt all over and very tired ….my throid panels are all fine ….i just want someone to care …been to many doctors and seems like they just do not care anymore…

    1. stephanie

      Lupus may be hard to diagnose. It’s often mistaken for other diseases. For this reason, lupus has been called the “great imitator.” The signs of lupus differ from person to person. Some people have just a few signs; others have more.

      Common signs of lupus are:

      Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks

      Painful or swollen joints

      Unexplained fever

      Chest pain with deep breathing

      Swollen glands

      Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)

      Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)

      Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress

      Sensitivity to the sun

      Low blood count

      Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems

      Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.

  4. Mia Bella

    What are they signs of Lupus and what kind of test do they do to find out if you have it?
    I went to the ER because I was having chest pain they did a bunch of test and said my heart was fine but I had some kind of inflammatory thing going on and then the doctor asked me if I had Lupus in my family and I have no idea what it is or anything and no we don’t. Could I have it? I’m making a follow up appointment with my doctor. Should I ask him to test me for Lupus? What do you think?

    1. Linda R

      There is no test for lupus. A diagnosis of lupus is made based on a variety of lab tests, medical history, symptoms and after other diseases have been ruled out. It often takes years to get a diagnosis.

      Inflammation of the lungs, pleurisy, is one of the symptoms of lupus. The ER doc was wise to mention it. I had repeated bouts of pleurisy and joint pain throughout my life. The docs dismissed it. In 2003, I ended up in hospital for 14 days where I was diagnosed. I was 51 at the time and had been having these problems since the age of 13!!!

  5. dede

    How serious is Lupus during pregnancy?
    My daughter had preclampsia with her first pregnancy. She is approximately 9 wks. along and is showing signs of the condition already. Last week her doctor told her that current symptoms she is having all point to the possibility of Lupus. He ran some test, and said depending on the test results may decide to hospitalize her for a few days for further testing and begin a treatment plan. I am terribly worried for my daughter and her unborn baby. Just wondered if anyone out their has experienced somewhat the same, and looking for some feedback. Thank you in advance.

    1. TyrannosaurusBex

      Don’t worry. Lupus rarely affects the baby of a woman who has it, but it isn’t nice at all for the mother. Often women contract Lupus whilst pregnant or after they’ve had a baby, as Lupus is often triggered by this. I once knew a woman who had her Lupus at its very worse after she had her first baby. I’ve known 2 women with it, and the second one was so exhausted she spent most of a year in a wheelchair. But Lupus is rarely fatal nowadays, and it’s not disfiguring. They usually use steroids to treat it. (I’m not talking about illegal drugs, I’m talking about medical drugs that have nothing to do with muscle building). Lupus can range in severity. Your daughter’s baby will be fine.

      I’m not going to guarantee you that everything, including the baby, will be ship-shape and fine and dandy, but it is VERY likely. I know the woman above gave you some bad news about premature or ill babies, but the truth is, the two women I know have had 2 or more babies, all completely normal and healthy. Seriously. Not trying to make you feel better. Have a little faith, dear:) Good luck xxx

  6. Elle

    Do you know of a teenager with Lupus and does Lupus have remissions?
    I think my daughter’s in remission from some disease, but I’m not sure what. She has signs of Lupus and Sjogren’s. Do either of these go into remission for a time?

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      Hello..well the answer to your question is yes. Both of these diseases can go into remission. My wife suffers from both and has had periods of remission and active disease (currently she is in remission) She was diagnosed with both at 15. Her periods of remission have varied from as long as 4 years to as short as a couple of months. There are tests for both diseases and even if she is in remission she is able to be tested. What types of signs and symptoms is she presenting?

  7. mamabear214

    Is red feet a symptom of Lupus?
    Please Help me! my feet turn red when i stand up or do physical activity. i’ve read before that this is a possible sign of Lupus. i also have fatique, and unexplained fever. please give me an answer and dont just say go to the doctor. and to kate, you know who you are, dont tell me to go to that dumbass website all home remedies. go to hell kate dont leave an answer!

    1. mgunnycappo

      I’ve never heard of red feet being a symptom of Lupus. Usually it’s white and purple that are a sign of Raynaulds Syndrome which is associated with Lupus. This is caused by sensitivity to cold and about 60% of people with Lupus have this secondary syndrome.

      The fatigue and unexplained fever are much more indicative of Lupus. Have you had bloodwork taken? If so what are the results. Lupus is a very difficult disease to diagnose and without more information it is impossible to tell if you could have it.


    is throwing up and nausea a symptom of lupus?
    I have recently developed many symptoms of lupus & am waiting on results from the doctor (unfortunately the results take over a week) I have all of the tell tale signs of lupus but I find myself throwing up sometimes multiple times a day and often times nauseous. Is this a sign of lupus as well?

  9. Denise

    Could Lupus cause trace blood in urine, low vitamin d levels and miscarriage?

    In the past year I’ve had 3 really early miscarriages. I went to my doctor about this and she was not very helpful. My urine sample came back as trace amounts of blood in my urine and my vitamin d levels came back as low. I’ve had pretty bad joint pain for the past few years but never thought anything of it. I’m now learning that lupus is an autoimmune disorder. Are any of my problems a symptom of lupus?

    1. Anama

      Have you looked into Celiac Disease? It can also have the same symptoms. Except blood in your urine. That could be normal, but it could also be a sign of a UTI. Your doctor should follow through on that..
      Good Luck!

  10. Tina

    Does anyone know of homeopathic ways to treat severe food allergies?
    I have really severe food allergies mostly to tree nuts. I have a lot of medications I take to try and reduce my symptoms(i have hayfever year round as well) but nothing seems to be working for me. My best shot is to try some natural medicines. I’m also on inhalers for asthma. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  11. Alice S

    What are the symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?
    I had lyme disease, a very bad case of lyme disease almost 15 years ago while I was in high school. I had been misdiagnosed for several months, until I was finally treated with IV antibiotics, two different courses over a year in duration total.

    I had not had any symtoms I would have attributed to lyme in years, but recently, my joints are really sore and swollen. I am only in my early thirties, and I dont think that this is a normal symptom of aging at this point.

    Can lymes lay dormant in the body that long with no symtoms and then return?

    1. Wordless

      Your symptoms can be a result of Lymes Disease. The organism is certainly gone, but the immune response is what can cause chronic arthritis in people. Approximately 10% of people who experience arthritis as part of Lymes Disease will end up with a long-term, chronic arthritis. The arthritis is most commonly found in the knees. How long can this go on? No telling; there have certainly been no studies going for 15 years or more.

      All that being said, swollen joints is not a normal part of aging for a 30-something (still very young as far as adults go). In addition, there are a *lot* of things that can cause swollen joints and, if you have no clue why they’re swollen, you should see a doctor.

      Swollen joints with no apparent cause are usually immunologic in nature (lupus or, less likely at your age, rheumatoid arthritis) or infectious (gonorrhea can cause this). But then it could be the Lymes.

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