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My brother a 32 year old adult male started having a fever on Tuesday. Yesterday he had abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe neck pain, and eye pain. Today he still has severe neck pain and eye pain. The fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea has been resolved. Could this be meningitis?

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I understand your concern.
Abdominal pain and diarrhea, provided it preceded the fever or occured together, mostly indicates acute gastroenteritis. The neck pain could be a part of the generalised myalgia. So it does not seem to be meningitis. Moreover one characteristic feature in meningitis is projectile vomiting, and if that is not present then it is highly unlikely to be meningitis.
It's a good thing that his fever has already resolved, so mostly such acute symptoms are due to a viral infection.
However you need to watch out for the development of projectile vomiting. In case that happens you can get a physician opinion to get all the necessary tests done immediately.
For his neck pain as of now, i advise Tab. Advil twice a day, it should resolve in a couple of days time.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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