I hear people complaining about pain in their head every day. The usually take a pain killer to ease the pain. Pain is the only way that your body can talk to you.
With so many headaches how could one possibly determine which one could prove to be deadly?
Meningitis is a condition where the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord suffer inflammation. Right away you know that this can be life threatening because it is so close the brain. There are many things that can cause meningitis. Causes include bacteria, viruses, physical injury, cancer or reactions to some drugs. Certain conditions such as AIDS increase your chances of getting fungus induced meningitis. A normal person's immune system would have fought off the infection before it caused too much damage to the body.
According to the World Health Organization, meningitis is responsible for about 0.30% of all deaths every year. That is about 174,000 people every single year that will die from meningitis. It affects males more than females.
Most types of meningitis are caused by a virus or some other type of pathogen. These types are typically treated with antibiotics. In about 87% of all cases of meningitis, patients complain of a severe headache according to Wikipedia. That can be deadly for those who love to take painkillers for their headache.
Many patients also find themselves unable to tolerate bright light or loud noises. Seizures may occur in small children. In some cases, it may become extremely difficult to flex your neck forward. If you are received one of the more inconvenient symptoms you may be actually better off than you think. Many people will try to take the pain of the headache. They believe it will go away after they get some rest. In so many causes the headache went away but so did they.
The only way to help protect you against meningitis is to be careful. There are too many ways to get meningitis to be focused on all at one time. Keep a healthy body and exercise regularly. One of the most important things you can do is to listen when your body is talking to you. If you feel pain then there is most likely something you can do about it. In some cases a painkiller may have other effects that can save your life, but it is not always the easy way out.