I am slowly figuring out that I probably have Molleret's meningitis. My physician and physician's assistant have not heard of it, so I'm doing my own research, and I'm not a novice. I have something of a background in medical research. I have two questions: a) does anyone know if there is any less-invasive way to get a confirmed diagnosis, besides a spinal tap? --- (I already know that I am a carrier of type 2 herpes simplex). Second question: has anyone made a connection between the occurrence of m.m. and immune sensitivity to certain foods, especially food additives like MSG? I recently have been doing an 'elimination diet', staying off of gluten, milk and processed foods. Then went to a Thai restaurant, and learned (after we ate) that it was full of MSG. Within 48 hours I developed pain in every joint, mild meningitis symptoms, dermatome pains, pressure in the eyes, major brain fog; could not put two sentences together. Actual herpes lesions are VERY rare for me, it's as if I can feel the virus moving in my spine: in the sacral area, the thoracic area, and the cervical neck area, and corresponding dermatome areas being effected. Any suggestions or help or similar stories would be great, thank you.