I've been feeling pretty ill for the last two weeks. I'm a 22 year old British student living in Spain, with no serious health problems, and all of a sudden I start to feel cold and confused one night when going to bed, my nerves firing like mad, with tingling in my hands and feet, moving up my arms and legs, a bad headache, pains in my lower back and pains and cramps in my stomach and abdomen. I was passing a lot of clear urine, and drinking lots of water as well. I didn't sleep at all and went to make my appointment at the doctors first thing in the morning. Come the evening, I speak with the doctor who sends me to the hospital for some tests, although he said he didn't think it would be too serious. At the hospital, I had a blood and urine test, and an abdominal X-ray, all of which said I was basically fine, apart from some compacted faeces in my intestine. While I was relieved about this, it still didn't really explain, for me at least, why I had felt the changes in temperature, nerve experiences, confusion etc.
I tried changing my diet, and sure enough, the faeces passed (in fact I had a brief episode of diarrhea), and yet I still feel ill. While I've had ups and downs, the nerve tingling and pains haven't really gone away, and neither has the headache or lower back pain. For about a week now I've had a bad cough and have been coughing up phlegm (perhaps a minor episode of bronchitis, although if so I'm surprised this wasn't picked up by the tests, unless I contracted it afterwards), and yesterday I thought I felt like I was getting better, although I suffered from temperature changes and confusion all through the night (I had a really weird dream that continued even after I got up to drink water and went back to sleep). This morning I felt much, much better, and even went out for a walk and a beer this afternoon (Good Friday is accompanied by a parade here), but again I suddenly felt tired and cold (bearing in mind I live in Spain). I went home and I'm trying to keep warm in my bed now. I have a moderate headache and my eyes feel heavy, although my temperature feels better now. But I'm really afraid I'll just take another bad turn and I won't be able to get help quickly enough. I don't know if I'm being paranoid, but as I live alone I'm frightened that if I get sick I won't be discovered until it's too late. I know it's unlikely I have meningitis, but I know that this can be a very sudden illness and feeling sick can go to life threatening in minutes. Also, most of the websites I have visited suggest that the rash is the best test, but not everyone gets the rash. So although I don't have the rash, I'm not exactly reassured. I would go to the doctor, but the thing is that at the moment I don't feel ill enough to warrant it. The problem is that if I do get worse, I won't be able to find help in time.
Anyway, apologies if this post is inappropriate, but it would be reassuring to hear some advice, especially about the disturbing nerve experiences. I've never felt anything like this before, and now I've been having little pains and tingling almost constantly for about two weeks. Also, is it possible for a serious disease like meningitis to not show up in the tests I had? As I said, I was relieved that the doctor didn't think there was anything wrong, but I am still worried that they could have overlooked something, as a bit of constipation (or even my recent cough, which could be caused by say bronchitis) does not to me seem to explain all of my symptoms.