My doctor although a sympathetic listener, insists that there are no after effects from viral meningitis, when there clearly are. I suffer from mood swings, joint pain, back pain [ from lumbar punch procedure] so severe at times that I can't even wear a belt !! and terrible short term memory loss, yet he still doesn't recognise the fact that I had none of those before I had viral meningitis 5 and a 1/2 years ago. His idea of doing a "memory" test for me, was to say rather loudly at me.".dog, cat, tree ..now remember those words because I will ask you again in a minute " and then precede to ask me what season of the year we were in..I mean " really ?????. Is it just me ? I found that very insulting. I got the impression that he did the test to shut me up because, he doesn't agree with me that viral meningitis has after effects that can last years. Yet so many of us have the same symptoms I find it impossible to see that they are not connected, and I am very surprised that some physicians can't see that too. I am looking forward to hearing from some people that have had viral meningitis, to see what after effects they have [ if any ] and what their experiences with their doctor has been.