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Headaches, neck pain, fatigue, weakness and lethargy are signs and symptoms of many medical conditions.

Some possible medical conditions that can cause one, some, or all the above mentioned symptoms at the same time include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Mononucleosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Lupus
  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Viral syndrome
  • Meningitis
  • Leukemia
  • Brain tumors

This list is not exclusive and many other possible medical conditions and diseases are not described here. If you have one or all the above mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor and get the right diagnosis.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. This fatigue can't be associated with any other medical condition. The real cause is also unknown, even though there are many theories that try to explain this syndrome. Another problem with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the fact that there are no medical tests or examinations to diagnose this condition. Diagnosis is by ruling out any other possible health problem. Signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include fatigue, headache, loss of memory and concentration, weakness, enlarged lymph nodes of the neck, and a sore throat. The treatment consists of relieving the signs and symptoms.

Mononucleosis is an infectious disease that is transmitted through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils. It is caused by the Epstein Barr Virus. Signs and symptoms of this disease include fatigue, headache, skin rash, fever, swollen tonsils, swollen lymph glands in the neck, general weakness, lethargy, and an enlarged spleen.

Mononucleosis is diagnosed with the help of blood tests. Mononucleosis treatment includes the relief of signs and symptoms, antibiotics for secondary infections, and cortico steroids.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Burreliaburgdorferi. The infection is transmitted by deer tick bites. Signs and symptoms of this disease include a chracteristic circular skin rash, fatigue, weakness, headache, fever, chills, body aches, and joint pain. Lyme disease is diagnosed with the help of the ELISA test, PCR and Western blot test. Lyme disease is treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease which affects more women than men. The immune system of the body attacks the tissue and body organs. Lupus signs and symptoms include fatigue, headache, confusion, memory loss, photosensitivity, butterfly-shaped rash on the face, joint pain, stiffness, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. Lupus is diagnosed with the help of blood tests, X-rays, and biopsy. Treatment for lupus is only symptomatic. There is no cure for this disease.

Tension headache is a generalized headache, which can be mild to moderate. It is the most common type of headaches, but the real cause is still unknown. Other signs and symptoms except the headache are: tenderness of the scalp, neck and shoulders, sensation of pressure in the head, etc.

Migraine headache is a pulsating sensation in one area of the head. Migraine attacks cause significant pain for hours to several days. Migraine triggers by light, noises, cold, etc. The migraine attack progresses through stages, including the prodromal stage, aura, headache and the postdrome stage. Signs and symptoms of migraine headache include: depression, constipation, irritability, neck stiffness, weakness, loss of vision, visual phenomena, photosensitivity, speech and language problems, memory problems, nausea, vomiting, etc.

Meningitis is a bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis. This disease affects the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord, which get inflamed. Meningitis is characterized by high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, weakness, muscle pain, photosensitivity, confusion, impaired memory, and lethargy. Meningitis is treated with antibiotics and supportive therapy for possible signs and symptoms.

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