Hi everyone, I am 3 months on from viral meningitis. I was suddenly taken ill with off the scale headaches, photophobia, neck stiffness and thought my time had come! I was admitted to hospital for a week and pumped full of morphine, antibiotics and anti virals. Had a lumbar puncture and csf was confirmed as viral meningitis with the shingles virus that apparently is quite rare! I thought I was on the mend when I came home and went back to work after 3 weeks, but shorter hours! I still think I can do everything and lead the busy life I am used to - pretty non stop!!! I am 3 months on from leaving hospital and feel absolutely awful. I have no energy, to the point where I am just exhausted all the time - so much so that I feel like I hit a brick wall and have to go to bed. I was completely deaf in my left ear but I do have 1/4 hearing back now and am being reviewed by ENT for a hearing aid.
Just recently I have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my left arm and hand which is a new thing - has anyone experienced this? I have just had a brain scan and awaiting the results - although not sure what it will show. I would love any info or shared experiences from people who have suffered with the shingles form of viral meningitis and any light at the end of the tunnel! I feel I have gone so backwards and that because no-one can see inside your brain - they forget what a serious illness it is and how it impacts life and future! I feel I have hit a brick wall and gone downhill if anything - please give me some hope??? My concentration is poor and I can't bear a lot of noise, like tv on for too long. I do have regular 6 week appointments with a consultant in the serious infectious diseases clinic but all I keep getting told is it takes time and I have to be patient!!!!! Something I am not good at!!!!! Any help would be great, thank you xx