I have several symptoms of meningitis including headache, extremely stiff neck (cannot touch neck to chest or look down), fever of 102, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, and nausea. I went to the ER at onset of symptoms but before I had a fever, and was tested for meningitis, including a spinal tap, which came back normal. Blood test and CT scan were also normal. Now it looks like my face is swollen as well, especially by the parotid glands. Any idea what this could be?
When I was hospitalized for meningitis in Sept. they were unabe to do lumbar puncture because my platelet count was much too low. Had to diagnose it on signs, symptoms and blood tests only. But my symptoms were the same was yours. Also had bad hallucinations. I had mono in the 70's and the symptoms in my case were different. I knew that was not the problem.