Back in Nov-06 I came down with what I thought was the flu. Severe migraines, nausea, dizziness, stiff neck, light fever, and because it was before Thanksgiving, I decided to wait till Monday to see the Dr. The family Dr thought it was a cold/flu, and basically...over the course of the next few months when it didn't clear up I had different tests taken which didn't show anything. I was still having hellacious headaches, personality changes, bizarre thoughts, a surreal feeling, etc, till finally I saw a neurologist who said that I likely had meningitits and encephalitis and I was now in recovery mode from it.
Its now been a year, and Im still having some of the same headaches, facial flushing, anxiety, gloom-doom crud popping up. Im eating right, getting plenty of sleep, exercise daily, and I take no medicine except for a daily Sr vitamin.
Is it possible that these symptoms are all panic attacks as a spin off of the menin/enceph problem?
(1) facial flushing
(2) dark, gloom-doom feelings
(5) eye vision problems
If so, will it fade over time, or am I looking at a long term physical ailment? I worked part time once I was finally diagnosed with the menin/enceph, but Ive been able to slowly work back to full time status which I am now.
What freaks me out is that I can wake up in the morning and Im literally shaking and anxious for no apparent reason.
Any thoughts? Anyone else out there have viral meningitis or encephalitis and care to share how you're doing now?
I came across this excellent site and I thought I would pass it along to others who are either going through meningitis or encephalitis, or, has a friend/family member going through it. I just wish my dr would have steered me to this site a year ago... it would have saved me quite a bit of grief in knowing what was normal and abnormal for recovery, etc.
in July 2006 I was bit by a Viral Tic in Germany on our honeymoon, and I suffered Viral Inflammation of the Brain, Lining of the Brain, and Spinal Cord.
I also had crazy symptomes!
dark and negative emotions
doom feelings & feeling jumpy
dizziness - getting up, walking too fast, tilting my head, etc.
Eye vision problems, travelling dots
Nausea & vomitting from head pain
Stiffness and muslce spasms - I iced, stretched, & saw a massage therapist
Memory Loss which is coming back
Felt like I was in a dream, disassociation
I also tak a Multi Vitamin/Mineral daily and eat very well. Drink lots of water and keep exercising in moderation. Too much exercise might cause your brain to pound/throb. Breathe in fresh air daily! Stretch!! Stretch your neck muscles - if you want to learn the best neck stretches, see a Phisiotherapist.
It gets better! It's been 1 1/2 years for me and I finally feel like eventually I'll heal fully. Don't give up! We're lucky to be alive you know. The Nurses told me that most people that suffer the Viral Brain Infection we did, end up dead or like a vegetable, or with permanent speach or language or memory retrieval damage! You're doing great!
Thanks for responding! While Id never wish anyone else to go through what Ive been experiencing, its encouraging to hear that my symptoms are common for the meningitis/encephalitis sufferer.
People just dont realize the daily hell that we often encounter from this condition. Most people instead want to simply think that we're hypcondriacts, or whiners who have headaches. Its quite a bit more then that as you know.
All of those symptoms you mentioned Ive had repeatedly and its scarey. On good days when I feel good, I feel like Im back to normal. On bad days, or during bad cycles, I feel like Im going to die, and its terrifying. But as has been the case, the good slowly changes back to good, and the fight continues on.
This has been a long haul (16 months and counting), made longer by the original knee injury I occurred, 3 yrs ago. So to say that health concerns have been on my "mind" for the past 3 yrs is an understatement. Its only through the grace of God and the support of my loving family that Ive been able to continue on.
I wish you a speedy recovery, and thanks again for instilling more confidence in me that I will get healthy again!
genital herpes infection/ required hospitalizat- serious or not?
My sister has developed odd personality changes, emotional flatness, confusion and forgetfulness after a bout of gentile Herpes sent her to the hospital with high fever, head ache, vomiting i think, double vision, stiff neck. Once there she was given anti viral medication and put on oxygen. Sent home the next day- no one -including her acting like this was a big deal. Now she seems exhausted, confused at times, really concerned about her concentration and forgetfulness. I am noticing her friends and family acting like she's not quite right. She even seems alarmed by this. Is this typical for a mild episode of this>? I understand mild cases ( flu symptoms) are not unusual. See tends to have pretty dramatic flu symptoms when she has a out break. No one seems worried.. but I am... loving sister.