Hi—the doctors diagnosed my father with TB meningitis about three weeks ago. They started him on anti-TB meds four days prior to the actual diagnosis.
Almost two months ago, my father experienced low blood pressure, tremors, night sweats, fatigue, and a low grade fever. Initially, the doctors assumed that they needed to adjust the dosage of his blood pressure medicines, and after so doing, they advised him that his headaches were the result of his body adjusting to the dosage change. As his headaches grew more severe, we rushed him to the emergency room, twice. The hospital admitted him after the second emergency room visit.
The doctors assumed meningitis, but treated him for bacterial and viral meningitis initially. Upon admission to the hospital, my father complained of weakness in his extremities, but his thoughts were coherent. He gradually became more confused, and after his lumbar puncture, he stopped talking, but will respond to some painful stimuli.
His vitals are stable, and he's now breathing on his own. The hospital moved him from intensive care to a regular floor.
Has anyone experienced TB meningitis? If so, would you mind sharing your experience with me? From what I've gathered, this is a rare illness in the US (where we are).