I was just diagnosed with Viral Meningitis approximately 2 weeks ago. After 1 day from returning from a short vacation trip, I began to have a piercing headache that just didn't seem to want to go away. So I went back to work for 1 day and took lots of IB Profen & Excedrin all day, but it just wasn't cutting it. That night I began to have chronic head pain, constant vomiting, and shaking/chills like never before. At that point, I knew something was terribly wrong. I had my Mom take me to an Urgent Care the very next morning. There they gave me Zofran for the nausea and sent me directly to the ER. I thank GOD for the ER Dr's in that they were proactive in testing me for everything, including Meningitis, and doing a CT and Lumbar Puncture, instead of sending me home with flu-like symptoms. They immediately placed me on an anti-fungal and an anti-viral medicine through my IV, even before they had the results for VM. That day, May 1st 2013, I was admitted to the hospital and stayed there for 6 straight days. I have to say that they were the worst 6 days of my life!!! I was constantly throwing up with excruciating head pain and extreme sensitivity to any noise or light. I kept the lights off & TV off the majority of the time, because I just couldn't handle them. Before I was released from the hospital, they implanted a Picc Line in my arm, so that I may continue to receive treatment while being in the comfort of my home. I was told that I will need to be on the anti-viral medicine, acyclovir, for 21 days total. So I have to go to an Outpatient Infusion Service place every single morning to have my medicine bag changed out, as it is connected to a pump and only lasts for 24 hrs. I am so happy I have this option, cause it beats being in the hospital or going there 3 times a day! I'm still on the acyclovir and have about 4 more days left. My days are still rough. Some days are better than others and when I do have a good day, it seems I then get compensated with a bad day. My headaches tend to come pretty consistently and my nausea seems to be getting a little better. Of course, I am taking Zofran and I'm also on Lora-tabs for the pain. The problem is that these have caused major constipation, and now I'm taking probiotics, stool softeners and vitamins to try and keep my BM's moving. I am ecstatic to have found this site and it is extremely comforting to see others having gone through this....... Even though I would not wish this on my worst enemy!!!! Any advice as to what things I can do to help suppress the effects/symptoms is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!! I am obviously still in the wee stages of this illness and I honestly did not realize the extent or the aftermath of it, until I saw this site and read some of your stories. Thank You for hearing mine.
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