When should you worry about a stiff neck?
Don’t medically investigate neck pain until it’s met at least three criteria: (1) bothering you for more than about 6 weeks; (2) severe and/or not improving, or actually getting worse; and (3) at least one other “red flag”: age over 55 or under 20, painful to light tapping, fever/malaise/nausea, weight loss, nasty ….
What is a stiff neck a sign of?
Most Common Serious Condition with Stiff Neck According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a fever, headache, and stiff neck (inability to flex the neck forward, also called nuchal rigidity) are typically early symptoms of bacterial meningitis.
What infections cause neck pain?
Neck pain can also come from rare infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis), and meningitis (often accompanied by neck stiffness).
Can neck pain be a sign of something serious?
Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Seek medical care if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.