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What causes headache, neck stiffness and back pain in an elderly woman?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: My 84 year old mom has been healthy and takes no drugs. However she has been refusing to get her teeth fixed and has lost a filling months ago.
This week she has been experiencing a stiff neck and back that has made her unable to turn her head much and made it hard to get out of bed. But no other flu symptoms. I am concerned. She doesn't seem particularly disoriented- at least not a few days ago.
I learned about this from my brother. Mom won't tell me if she is feeling bad and I haven't talked to her in a few days.
Should I be worried?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Neck stiffness

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Headache, neck stiffness with photophobia +/_ fever are classical signs and symptoms for meningitis. Fundoscopy and CT brain can be advised if neurological examination suggests so. Lumbar puncture to do Cerebrospinal fluid examination would be required to rule out or confirm such a diagnosis. I would advise you to take her to an ER or neurology unit straight away for proper assessment and treatment.

Wishing you best of health

Thanks

Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

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Dr. M.S. Khalil
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What causes headache, neck stiffness and back pain in an elderly woman?

Brief Answer: Neck stiffness Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern Headache, neck stiffness with photophobia +/_ fever are classical signs and symptoms for meningitis. Fundoscopy and CT brain can be advised if neurological examination suggests so. Lumbar puncture to do Cerebrospinal fluid examination would be required to rule out or confirm such a diagnosis. I would advise you to take her to an ER or neurology unit straight away for proper assessment and treatment. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107 Dr. M.S. Khalil