Bacterial Pneumococcal Meningitis and Diverticulitis

I survived Bacterial Pneumococcal Meningitis in 09/2015. I just now got home from the hospital and am recovering from Diverticulitis and a Urinary Tract Infection. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder after Meningitis because my body does not produce the antibodies to protect me from Meningitis. Prior to the Meningitis I did not have any health issues other than common flues, colds, and sinus infections. I was wondering if anyone else had contracted Diverticulitis after Meningitis.

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  • Hi Korenic, I'm a 60 yr old female & post VM 3 years , & yes - also have developed diverticulitis after the VM. I was always very healthy, always exercised & ate a proper diet , I take no prescribed medicines & Never had health issues. Since VM in addition to the diverticulitis , I still have some blurred vision , fatigue, trouble multi-tasking, & a compromised immune system. This basically is the new me. I manage symptoms by getting as much rest as possible, yoga, Pilates , swimming , walking (cannot really run any longer) & eating healthy , plus I try to avoid stress as much as possible. I still count my blessings compared to some of the VM survivors--because some of them are so much worse off then myself!!. Will keep you in my prayers 🙏, Take care

  • Thanks for the reply☺ I am a 58 year old female and also suffer from the symptoms you mentioned. I am worried that odd diseases are going to keep happening. Good luck to you and I will be praying for you also. Thanks again.

  • Hi Koranic, firstly, so pleased to hear you survived such a serious illness. Contacting bacterial meningitis is almost a certain death sentence. Perhaps there is a connection between the two you raised it certainly lifted my eyebrow! My mum had diverticulitis for a few years and then got Phemuniccocal meningitis with scepticemia and did not survive. Your post is interesting to me. You won't find many sufferers of BM on here though. Do you see an infectious diseases dr at all? Perhaps he/she might be able to give you some answers? I find most general dr's and other general specialists clueless when it comes to BM illnesses. Good luck, I hope you find the answers you need.

  • Thank you for your response. I am so very sorry to hear about your mother. I have been told how very lucky I am to have survived. Per my Infectious disease doctor, they only know of 400 cases of this particular type in the United States so not much data is available. Of the 400 the survival rate was 25%. My concern now is that I will continue to get new diseases on a regular basis. I feel bad for your Mom having diverticulitis. It has been very painful.Thanks again for your response!

  • Hi Koranic I've been lucky enough at the age of 55 to survived pneumococcal Meningjitis ,a stroke and a brain absess. I was taken into hospital from where I worked on 16/05 . I have to say I have been one very lucky lady, I have a few problems that need sorting out health wise but biggest problem at moment is hearing can't hear nothing in right ear and very little in left still waiting to see someone, this is the 3rd time had Menigjitis .its been very interesting understanding how other people cope thankyou

  • I also contracted pneumococcal bacterial meningitis in December 2015. Reading the previous posts makes me very thankful. I was only in the hospital for a week & have relatively few deficits but I find that the lack of medical knowledge of how to care for & provide support for this horrendous disease very frustrating. With gait issues & hearing loss, not to mention the mood swings & poor memory recall, makes working as a nurse very difficult. I have so many questions & very few answers. I pray for all those who have to suffer with the sometimes overwhelming residual effects of this disease.

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