Hi there, I found this site through researching VM as my GP has diagnosed me as "likely" having it.
My story starts about 35 years ago when I was aged 11, I was rushed into hospital with severe headache, vomiting, photophobia and neck stiffness. I was kept in isolation overnight and although I can't remember much about any tests being done, I do remember thinking I was dying, the pain was unbelievable. I was sent home the following day and that was that,
Skip forward to 2011 and I suddenly had an unrelenting headache along with the other symptoms mentioned above. I was ill for 3 days and just thought it was a migraine until my mum whos a retired nurse visited and took me straight to the out of hours unit who then sent me straight to A&E, again I was kept in overnight, given co-codamol (which I have since discovered can exacerbate headaches), anyway I had a LP the following day and sent home after being told I only had a virus? I was just grateful to be out of the awful ward I'd been put in. No follow up care or information was given. Needless to say I was still feeling very unwell and went straight to my GP who prescribed me diclofenac for the headache that was still so bad I could barely open my eyes, these actually took the edge of. It took me weeks to feel well again.
So after the long story, here I am again. This time it started with a fever and my whole body aching for 2 days then the headache started and after trying to convince myself I had a bad head cold minus the runny nose and sneezing, the pain reached horrible levels so much so I couldn't bear to move my head even an inch. The neck stiffness and nausea kicked in to. I had a telephone consultation with my GP who said I had a migraine and prescribed Sumatriptan. This made the headache worse! So after another 24 hours of sheer misery and crying in pain my husband took me to my GP surgery. He was visibly shocked at the state I was in and told me I most likely have VM and advised me that if I went to A&E and they done a LP and actually diagnosed it then they would send me home as there is no treatment for the virus, all I can do is treat the symptoms. That's fine by me as I don't think anyone relishes the prospect of having to wait around for hours being poked and prodded and the horrible experience of a LP. So I asked him for diclofenac as it helped me previously. I'm currently signed off work and although I have the headache under control, its still there silently pulsing away and reminding me. I feel exhausted and weak and pretty fed up.
Sorry for the long post but felt I had to give the details and hope you can maybe offer some advise as I have never actually been told definitively that I have VM but looking back it seems I may very well have had it more than once?
Has anyone had the same or similar happen to them and it not been VM?
Thanks for reading