I was diagnosed with viral meningitis in February and after 8 days in hospital treating VZV with acyclovir and receiving morphine and T3 for pain I was released. I have been off my medicine for a month now and have been struggling. I will be totally fine one week and the next I will have the horrible headaches again and be back to taking codine and naproxen to try and curb it. The biggest frustration has been alcohol, it is a very social activity for me pre VM and now anytime I have one or more drinks I am in severe pain. I have tried just not drinking but it is making me feel like a patient still and I just want to be back to my old self. I am so paranoid about a relapse too.
Does anyone have experience with alcohol post VM?
What does relapsing look like? Is it even relapsing or is it just the symptoms continuing forever? Do you ever fully heal?
I am having a hard time coming to terms with the diagnosis and often find myself thinking I was exaggerating my headache and it was all fake ... I am scared...