Hi, just discovered this site....thankfully.
I got out of hospital 5 days ago, after spending 8 days there. I was admitted with horrendous head pain, sick feeling etc. I have previously had 2 diagnosed episodes of VM and one further episode which was diagnosed as stress( I am pretty certain it was VM as symptoms,duration,recovery etc were identical. ) This time they did scans,x-Rays, lumber puncture etc and said that they were all- clear except blocked sinuses. The pain was horrific and identical to previous episodes. I was treated with Tramadol and Morphine.
The previous diagnoses identified Herpes Simplex virus as causing my VM. I am currently (and have been for 3 months) on a suppressant dose of Valycyclovir for Herpes virus and , what I wondered is, could this have caused the lumbar puncture to miss the virus? The doctor at hospital was very vague and non-committal when I asked this. Any thoughts anyone? Thanks.