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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20 thoughts on “Symptoms Of Sle

  1. Katarina Ballerina

    What diseases can an abnormally high sed-rate indicate?
    I have been having some health problems. The symptoms I have been having include:

    swollen lymphnode
    tons of nose bleeds
    and other stuff.
    I know it can be an indicator of infection, but which types? Staff infection?
    Ummm, excuse me,my docotr is doing the diagnosing and has already drawn conclusions from my blood test thank you very much.

    1. TweetyBird

      ESRs are nonspecific and are not used alone to diagnose. They are compared with other test results. The CRP is considered more sensitive and more useful.

      Conditions that are associated with a high sed rate are rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, AMI, cancers of the stomach, colon, breast, liver & kidney, Hodgkin’s, multiple myeloma, lymphosarcoma, bacterial infections, gouty arthritis, acute PID, SLE, erythroblastosis fetalis, the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and burns.

      Stop looking for a problem you may not have and let your doctor do the diagnosing.

  2. karl j

    What r canine lupus symptoms, what is prognosis. Need to add to the Vets knowledge hopefully?
    my Boston Terrier/Shiz-tsu is at vets he is unable to locate cause of flucuating fever, some drooling, lack of appetite.White blood cell count at the bottom of the scale. All other tests (kidneys, Liver) coming back normal. Was being treated to some infection in esophogus being given anti-biotics. Would like to offer vet an alternative diagnosis

    1. Pam

      Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE): is one of several diseases known as “the great imitators” because its symptoms vary so widely it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses, and because the symptoms come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can be elusive, with patients sometimes suffering unexplained symptoms and untreated SLE for years. Common initial and chronic complaints are fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias and fatigue.

      Discoid Lupus symptoms: normally starts as loss of pigment around the nose. There may be scabby sores or just scaling of the nasal tissue. The surface of the nose may change from its typical cobblestoned appearance to a smooth surface.

  3. Maya A

    What does a positive for “ANA screen, reflex to titer” mean?
    I had some blood work done for various symptoms I’m having. One of the results was a positive ANA SCREEN, REFLEX TO TITER. What does that mean?

    1. Shelita

      They were checking you for SLE(lupus). The ANA titer, like in my case, means that you are not totally negative, but not totally positive, you are borderline for Lupus.

  4. way to go

    All of the above.
    There are mental illnesses which cause psychomotor anasthenia (also known as psychomotor retardation), like severe depression, catatonia, and conversion reaction.
    Additionally, any damage to the frontal and/or prefrontal cortices will cause it, like stroke, anoxia, encephalitis and traumatic brain injury. Parkinson’s disease, cistercircosis, tertiary sypillis, Pick’s disease, and Cruetzfeld-Jakov disease often show psychomotor anasthenia as a symptom, too. There are others, but they don’t immediately come to mind.

  5. MaluLanix0x

    What is the difference between Lupus affecting the nervous system and MS?
    What symptoms are different for each? How are they different and how are they the same? How common is it to have Lupus (SLE) and a neurological disorder such as MS?

    1. Linda R

      Both lupus and multiple sclerosis are autoimmune disease in which the immune system goes haywire and attacks healthy parts of the self.

      In multiple sclerosis, the immune system destroys the myelin sheath or fatty covering of the nerves. This can result in loss of transmission of signals.

      In lupus, neurological symptoms can include things like seizures and neuropathy, or nerve pain. The mechanism by which lupus causes these things is not the same as in MS.

  6. devine09

    Is 10mg of prednisone a lot if you have lupus?
    I was diagnosed with SLE recently and Im on 10mg of prednisone, and I was curious to know if that was a lot. Does 10mg indicated that my lupus is severe?

    1. trish

      No, my daughter is currently on 40 mg of prednisone because she has been getting high fevers for almost a month now due to her Lupus.

      10 mg. is a low dose and usually given just to suppress the immune system mildly to prevent it from attacking your healthy body tissue. You are probably not having much symptoms (thank God) Just try not to eat too much fatty foods. Prednisone can make u eat alot more than usual and retain water.

      Also, if you are going to be on the steroid for a long time, discuss getting bone density scans yearly with your doctor.

  7. roxemarie

    Is it possible to have lupus even though non of your family has lupus?
    I have tested positive for lupus, and I have many lupus symptoms. My doctors believe I may have lupus, but I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. All of my family members are very healthy. No one in my family has any illnesses. No one in my family has ever had any type of autoimmune disease. I am the first and only person. Is this possible and how could this be?

  8. karen b

    what are the symptoms of lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis?
    My doctor thanks i have one of the two lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis.
    My symptoms am having now are?
    joint pain
    muscle pain
    hearing problems
    black lines and dots in vison
    swollen glands
    can some one tell me some more about lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis?

    1. marzypan

      Lupus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. Think of it as a ‘self-allergy’ where the body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain, and possible organ damage.

      Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a rare digestive disease characterized by the presence of a particular type of white blood cell (eosinophils) in one or more of the three layers that make up the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the stomach, small intestines, and large intestines.

  9. wingsovgrace

    Have you been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus ?
    !0 years ago began having problem with elevated blood pressure. Was treated with the usually prescribed meds. Within the past ten years I have had a variety of unusual and often preplexing symptoms that the doctors couldn’t find good answers for. Lots of guesses and lots of unsuccessful treatments and increased frustration and misery until recently. The diagnosis is drug induced Lupus and it is believed to be caused by my blood pressure meds. Bingo. The symptoms have developed over the same period I’ve been on the meds. My question is: Any known effective alternatives for Blood Pressure Control? Anyone else with Lupus have bizarre skin and hair folllicle issues? Any one know a reputable doctor in Kansas City Missouri to advise on alternative treatments? Any one know of a web site to purchase alternative B/P treatments that you or someone you know have had personal experience with? Are there suggestions for a great support website for Lupus?

    1. Healing Oneself

      Hi WIngsOfGrace

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also learning about detoxifying the blood by doing colon and liver cleanses will change your health forever.

      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.


      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  10. David C

    What are some symptoms of a bad torque converter?
    My 1999 GMC Jimmy 4×4 SLE just had a complete transmission overhaul. After three weeks in the shop we get it back last Saturday. Only during cold starts I was noticing a rattling underneath the truck. It would only be like when I started it up and drove out the parking lot or something real quick. So I took it back and told them to fix whatever the hell they did because it wasn’t like that before the tranny went. So anyways they called me up and told me that the torque converter had went and would be replacing it. Does this sound right to anyone? Thank for the help in advance.
    the said it was replaced but it failed also some valve failed too and they needed to replace that
    no the shop has a good rep and they gave me a 1 year 12,000 mile warranty, the vehicle did do a little bit of shaking my wife noticed it not me, the torque converter was originally replaced when the rebuild was done I just want to make sure this is the part that did fail

    1. ncjay08

      Find another tranny shop to do business with. Those guys sound like hacks. The tranny guy I do business with will not rebuild my transmission unless the torque converter gets replaced also. Many shops have this policy. When a transmission starts to fail, metal shavings usually wind up in the torque converter. Most of the time when a torque converter fails, the vehicle shakes really badly, but I guess it could rattle, although I’ve never heard one. Sounds like they are taking you for a ride.

  11. planty

    How common is it for Lupus (SLE) to run in families?
    I have 2 sisters who have been diagnosed with Lupus and I have many of the same symptoms, (I have a check-up tommorow in which I am going to request an ANA test). Is this common or do my sisters and I have bad health genes? No one else in my family has been diagnosed with Lupus that I am aware of.

    1. Cammie

      Lupus is an auto immune disease. It does run in families as do autoimmune diseases.
      I have a cousin with Lupus, Dad died of Scleraderma [ sp? ] and I have Cushings and diabetes.

      Good luck to you.

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