18 Symptoms of Dangerous Health Conditions Hiding in Plain Sight
Stiffness in the neck
A long day of work, sitting in the same position for long hours, can definitely cause neck pains and discomfort. But when such aches last longer than normal, it might also indicate that you have meningitis.
When inflammation has affected your brain and spinal cord membranes, the normal stiffness and aches in the neck make it hard if not impossible for you to lower your chin to your chest, explains healthcare resource Merck Manuals.
Sure, you may be clumsy by nature, but extreme clumsiness can also be a sign of something more serious than being a total klutz. According to Anthony Kouri, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toledo Medical Center, clumsiness can indicate amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that destroys motor neuron cells and leads to worsening disability and death,” Kouri explains. Some of its early signs include stumbling or bumping into things, hand weakness, difficulty gripping things and muscle cramps.