It was the beginning of August I suddenly got the most horrendous headache I have ever experienced!! I assumed I had a migraine so I put up with the pain all night and half the next day with paracetamol and ibuprofen not touching the pain so I rang my doctor who said it was probably a migraine and prescribed the strongest dose of co codamol these didn't touch the pain.
Tea time that day I started vomiting and a couple hours later my lower back started to hurt a lot! So I figured I had an awful migraine and that was also causing me to vomit and I assumed because I was vomiting I was getting a kidney infection because I wasn't retaining any fluid! So I thought to myself I'm going to look like a right idiot if I go to the out of hours doctors or a n e with a ' really bad headache!!'
Overnight I lay awake crying in excruciating pain and anytime I moved an inch I was vomiting so I gave in and rung for help and they told me I needed to go into talks doctors. By the time I got there I was in so much pain and my blood pressure was so low I pretty much unconscious and they were carrying me into the hospital. Straight away they said they thought I had VM. They gave me 2 bags of fluid and it took IV morphine 3 shots of oramorph and IV paracetamol to get rid of the pain.
The next morning they gave me a clinical diagnosis of VM and said they were sending me home after a lumbar puncture. When I found out there was no treatment I refused the LP I told them I could see no point in putting me through the stress and the pain of that to just send me home and not be treated!! I was given no info on VM and recovery etc so I went back to work 4days later thinking it would be a welcome distraction and I would just 'work through the it'.....what an idiot!! 😂
But to my defence nobody had told me anything until I found meningitis now as a result of my own research and they have been a life saver!! After there advice I took 3-4 weeks off and the past 3 weeks I have been doing a phased return to work just working until 1pm which has been going well until this past week.
Ever since Wednesday I have been exhausted all day everyday and suffering with awful headaches! Is this normal?? Meningitis now have advised I take the next week off to rest but my employers have been so great and understanding, but I feel like because I have proven to them I can manage to work until one but now suddenly I feel I can't manage at all at the moment that they are going to think I'm a massive fraud!! God knows I certainly feel like one!! I would really love some advice please??!?