Although a stiff neck could just be the result of not sleeping in a good position, it also could be evidence of meningitis. So, how can you tell the difference between the two?
Some say that the neck pain associated with their experience with meningitis was so painful that just sitting or lying down was excruciating. The neck pain tends to go upwards into the head and cause a debilitating ache that just won't go away with over the counter pain killers.
If there are some of the other symptoms present, it is time to contact a doctor quickly. Meningitis can go from just getting started to a very serious illness in just an hour or so.