Hi I had vm 10 yrs ago I felt like my brain was exploding inside my head and the pain any light caused I can't even describe it. I was diagnosed very quickly and was hospitalised for over a wk I was really ill. Really felt like I was going to die. I now suffer many long term illnesses since having vm. From fatigue, short term memory loss, bells palsy and seizures just to name a few but the main illness is reflex sympathetic dystrophy a neurological disorder which causes unbearable pain scoring 42 out of 50 on the Mc Gill pain scale in the affected area which for me is my whole right side from my face right down to my right foot. This had made me disabled I wear a leg brace use crutches for getting around my home but have to use a wheelchair / mobility scooter for Everything else.
After having vm I did have follow appointments with my GP but I was never given much information about after effects as far as I knew I should have had a full recovery as vm is just like having a really bad flu. That's what everyone told me. It took quiet a long time before the doctors connected vm to me getting rsd. With my right side being affected they say vm has damaged the left side of my brain.
Much more research needs to be done and vm needs to be taken more seriously, more information needs to be past onto patients.
I will have rsd for the rest of my life and I have come to terms with it. I hope my story will help anyone else suffering long term effects from vm.