Hi, I'm a 24 y/o female from NYC. Since monday I've had a stiff neck and headaches with a lot of pressure around my head. Im also having pain down my back a little (esp lowerback) and get very tired walking, up stairs, etc. I have no fever or anything, actually my temp is a just a little lower than normal.
I'm a little concerned because I don't know what might be causing this, it's very uncomfortable. The stiffness isn't as strong in the morning after I wake up, but it seems to fluctuate and get worse near the end of the day, it's always there though.
I was recently (7/19) prescribed 25mg of Atenolol daily for my skipped heart beats (MVP), could this cause pre headaches?
I feel a little silly writing this, but I did refill my water bottle at a public fountain on friday, so I'm a bit worried if I may have caught something...but then again I don't seem to have a fever.
I guess my main question is, is a stiff neck a common symptom of your garden variety tension headache (I've never had one before now)?...or could this be something more serious like meningitis, even without a fever? I will probably see my doc anyway, but I guess I just want a bit of reassurance. Thanks...
I am not aware of atenolol leading to headaches. Interestingly, they are typically prescribed to prevent migraine headaches.
Whenever I hear stiff neck and headache, meningitis should be considered. Even without a fever, there is a possibility that a viral form (aseptic) is present.
If meningitis has been evaluated for - then yes, a tension headache can cause the symptoms. It is certainly possible for a tension headache to present with some neck stiffness.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
I have long suffered from migraines and tension headaches as well as rebound headaches (from an addiction to Advil). I rarely take any advil or stronger medication. If I have a bad headache I try to rest (I am a stay at home mom of a 4 and 3 year old), a warm cloth on my eyes and when my huspand hets home I take to tylenol PM's and go to bed. 9 times out of 10 that takes care of it. After stopping all pain medication I do have fewer headaches. Also noticing the culprits: smoke, bleach, onions, aged cheese, any wine or alcohol, purfume, ammonia, candlelight, strobe lights to name a few. Blue cheese and Chicken Marsala are the WORSE! Good luck.
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