I had meningitis, i think it was the septicaemia bacteria one - i had it when i lived in spain in april 06, its now nearly 4 years later and i am struggling badly with my memory, when i type on my computer or text on my phone i mix up the letters or even miss words and letters out completely. my memory used to be so good but now i'm gettting into alot of trouble at work as im being seen as disobediant. i have to be constantly reminded to do simple tasks, weather i think to do them or if i get told to do them. i forget a describing word mid conversation, i'll be like "we need to be more ....errr...whats that word that describes someone as good at new ideas and thinks of new things ..." (the word is productive by the way!)i am really really struggling now - its definately getting worse - i tell ppl the same thing like seven times, ask the same thing.i had2get glasses now eyes are worse&worse. people think im stupid and rude.mood swings too. im not a liar, i need a diagnosis and cure asap
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be concerned by the sequelae of meningitis and septicaemia.
Decreased intellectual function and memory impairment, residual seizures, hearing loss and dizziness and gait and vision disturbances are the known sequelae after meningitis and septicaemia in approximately 25% of survivors of bacterial meningitis.
The second possibility in your case can be of chronic meningitis as you have complaints of visual loss, memory loss and clumsiness, mood swings, easy forgetfulness etc. You need to consult your doctor who may correlate your complaints with the signs on clinical examination and may like to do the CSF analysis and brain imaging with CT or MRI to reach a diagnosis. The treatment of chronic or recurrent meningitis depends on the causative agent after a thorough testing.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.
Hi doctor question, I had perotinitus then bacterial meningitus. I was hospitalised for three and a half months. That was three years ago.
I have all of your symptoms, i cant keep a job for all of the reasons you stated. I was doing my degree before I got meningitus. My memory is debilitatingly bad. It took me two years of fighting to get my GP to send me to a neurologist for the agonising headaches that last for days, my memory and constant falling asleep ( in the dentist, when I had a tattoo) Eventually after a two week stay on a neurology ward and an mri, eeg and memory tests, I was refered to a neuropsychologist.
She has been far more forthcoming than any other specialist on the prognosis after meningitus. Apparently the aftermath of meningitus is about excepting the brain damage and finding ways around it. people dont understand how hopeless that sounds to someone in our position. The neuropsychologist can pin point the actual area in your brain thats damaged and monitor you to see if there is any deterioration.
I dont know where you live. But in wales the organisation Meningitus Trust is truly a life saver. They offer lots of services to help survivors of meningitus and for the first time ever I met people who dont think im stupid because of the after effects of meningitus. Look Them up.
Its a fight after meningitus. You have a huge new plethora of limitations. Dont give up, I wont.
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