At the end of April this year I went from heathy energetic me to the next day getting the most horrendous headache that ever had. When the head ache came on I took two paracetamol and went to bed early. Only the next day it was still there. I called in my jobs and took the morning off to get rid of it. That morning turned into the whole day. Seriously didn't expect that at all. I've never had a head like it. I could only describe it as my worse hangover to date with out the alcohol. I phoned the doctor and they sent a prescription home for migraine. With advice to call back if it was still there the following day. Then the sickness started OMG I couldn't move because if I did I threw up. My head was still pounding the next day (Saturday) I called out of hours. They sent me to the next town to see a doctor. The worst journey of my life. We had to go in a van because the car had broken down. I was throwing up at every movement still with head pounding. I couldn't sit up straight as my neck and shoulders were so sore. When I eventually arrived and got to the waiting room back came the vomiting. In front of every one. Good job I had my trusty sick bowl with me. 10minutes later they called me in. I couldn't talk to the doctor or answer his questions it was very difficult to function. He asked me to lay down so he could examine me. I did, when he said that's ok you can get up now I simply said no it's much more comfortable here. So while he typed up my prescription I lay there feeling very very ill. He sent me home with some more pain killers for migraines and anti sickness pills to put under my tongue. My partner took me home. I went to bed in a very dark room and stayed there the whole day. Drinking plenty of water going to the loo occasionally and throwing up if I moved. It soon become Sunday . Still no better I phoned for the doctor. Out of hours again. I explained the situation they advised me to go to out of hours surgery again. I said after yesterday I didn't think I could do that journey again. They said if I couldn't then they could send a doctor it might be a three hour wait. The other option was to admit my self to A&E 45 mins drive away ( which would have meant waking up,the children at 5 am and driving us all to the hospital in the van while I vomited next to my daughter) nope I wasn't going to put my kids through that also we had only 3 seats in the van. Did I have family? Yes on holiday . I chose the doctor visiting home as I couldn't face getting in that van as I couldn't sit up staight and I knew I would be throwing up all the way there. I stayed silent on the phone....the doctor paused also. I put the phone down and went back to lying down and resting. A Short while later the doctor phoned back. They had decided that I should go to hospital and they had spoke to N&N who would accept me going with out a doctor visiting me to admit me (apparently that's the protocol). I got ready for the ambulance to come. Throwing up as I got half way down the stairs and again in the ambulance on the way. My neck and shoulders were so sore. My head was exploding.
Off to A&E. In there I had a pregnant woman on oneside and an injured person on the other. After about two hours some doctor came to examine me. The the nouroligst team came down and did all the usual things. They were thinking about wether I needed a cat scan or not. They decided it was necessary as well as an MiR and a lumber puncture. So they kept me in. Luckily I had my own room. Beeping and noises in the hospital drove me crazy. They came round and gave me paracetamol and ibrofeun round the clock....it didn't touch the sides. Eventually the next day they cam and attempted a lumber puncture......seriously that's another story. They had several attempts and the fluid did not come off too quickly and they burst a vessel and got blood in the results. Later that day I had a clear MIR and Cat scan. Inconclusive lumber puncture (not surprising) I got sent home after they pumped me full of antibiotics and anti sickness drugs feeling worse than when I went in. I spent the next 5 weeks in bed unable to do a thing. When eventually I could move and the head ache left me yes after 5 weeks. I read my discharge letter. Severe migraine uh I thought. It's now July and I'm still very tired and I have had many strange feelings through out my body. Painful and a strange head when I get tired. Not sure I'm going to be better for a long time. Physical excersise is not possible right now. I'm sure I did have meningitis but I have not been diagnose. I have been drinking aloe and taking immune building vitamins, eating healthy and and resting a lot. I can get a good six hours out of one day now with out feeling bad. Slowly does it. What have I had?