She also has flu like symptoms. This is the third day of this and the pain has remained constant. We have tried light massage, whirlpool and icy hot but no relief. Is this something that we need to worry about?
A common cause of stiff neck with flu-like symptoms including fever is viral meningitis. Unlike bacterial menigitis, viral meningitis does not require anti-biotics and is usually not life-threatening. Because of the potential for bacterial meningitis, your wife should see the doctor if she is not improving.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD