Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
143 Doctors are Online

Woke up with stiff neck, headache, swollen nodes behind ears. Feeling lethargic with low appetite

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2007
Answered : 2756 Questions
I woke up this morning with a very stiff neck and a headache. Later on in the day I felt the nodes behind my ears to be swollen. Not sure of any relevance but my scalp is itchy ? I have been feeling rather lethargic with a loss of appetite. Any advice you can offer is appreciated. Thank you. XXXXXXX
Posted Sat, 4 May 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy 45 minutes later
Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.
From the description that you have given of
Stiff neck
Nodes behind the ears
Lethargy and
Loss of appetite,

All these symptoms point out to a flue like symptoms which preceded any kinf of viral infection. Most commonly it may be a beginning of a Upper respiratory infection.
In next few days look for a sore throat or cough or coryza.
The symptoms that you have described are very non-specific and can occur with any viral infection. Just wait for a couple of days to see what you are having.
Meanwhile take plenty of water and take Paracetamol for fever if any.
If you find time get a Complete Blood Count done.
And yes, do take some bed rest.
Viral infection may not require any specific treatment but then if it is bacterial you may require anti-biotics after a few days.
Hope I am able to answer your concerns.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you can close the discussion and rate the answer accordingly.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:

Wish you good health,

Dr. Srikanth Reddy
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor