Almost made it a week. One day without a headache. He is becoming afraid to leave the house. Fear of a headache. Tuesday he went to a friends for 2 hours. Came home went right to bed. Horrible headache. Took Two tylenol #3's. Was shaking, crying in pain. I promised him in one hour if the pain was not gone we would go to ER. (was 5:30PM) difficult child was now complaining also of neck and lower back pain. Sat with him to settle him down. He KNOWS the signs of meningitis and that is his absolute worst fear. So despite his pain he is bopping his head around, touching his chin/chest, side to side. never had back pain though. He felt warm, so took his temp. 100.6. OK, never had fever with headache before. Called his doctor. Doctor tells me to go to ER, that viral meningitis is going around. I explained he took pain medication, and has settled down a bit. doctor instructed me to wait 4 hours and call him back. Called him back and reported headache gone, fever down but not gone. he wanted to call hospital prior to us going in IF we were going in then. He wanted to explain things to them so they did not dismiss things as just headache. Due to him improving we did not go in then. Dr. informed us IF his headache woke him up OR if his temperature went above 100.3 to take him to ER. Midnight - temp= 101.7 We go to ER. After exam Dr. called difficult child's doctor. Came back and said IF it were meningitis he would scream in pain when he curled him up and brought his knees to his chest. His neck does not feel stiff, more muscular pain he thinks. Our choice of Spinal Tap, but he would not suggest it. First reason being the headache would NOT subside. He would be much sicker, and more pain. difficult child asked him a million questions and seemed satisfied. Went home. Morning no temp. Called his doctor first thing. he ordered six different blood tests (after consulting specialists). some tests need to be sent out and will take a week. Others a day or two. I asked him many questions. Pituitary (sp?) gland normal per ct-scan and MRI. Lymes test, thyroid test, CBC and others I cannot remember. Possibly hormones. But the fever throws everything off. Never happened before. (I did call other doctors, new patients cannot get in for a long time, and have to go through a physical before addressing concerns !!!) difficult child temp was back up only to 99.8 when I went to sleep. (mid afternoon) I am having trouble posting from home. Tried several times. I do have some instructions now to fix that, but I am at work now for the next few nights. I am very concerned with difficult child not wanting to leave the house. He couldn't wait to visit friends each day all summer until the headaches hit. husband asked him if school is bothering him. He said yes. I know he does not do well with change. New school, HIGH school, small school, only a handful of kids he knows in the entire school. He will have to get up much earlier, and for the first time in his life he will be taking the bus..after he walks to the high school to catch the shuttle to the new high school. Sure hope test results arrive before school starts.