Dear all, I'm brand new to this dialogue arena on HealthUnlocked and its my first time participating in something like this.
Although I'm not the one with the health struggles, I am connecting on behalf of my 15 year old son who is 1 year into suffering from effects of MeningoEncephalitis.
It was September 2015 that he was hospitalized with severe symptoms from this infection, which is believed to have been caused by West Nile Virus. And so it has been a viral form of Meningitis/Encephalitis, not the bacterial variety.
His symptoms since then have been largely stagnant, including chronic fatigue and "crashes" which come when his body or mind become too exhausted. He describes these crashes as including mental "freezing" where he cannot think or make decisions and it most often is accompanied by uncontrollable twitching of his shoulders, arms and buckling of knees. His symptoms are strong enough to limit his daily school schedule to 1/2 days.
Since the initial hospitalization, he has not suffered from headaches or body aches.
My latest interest is to make changes to his diet to try and support his body's own healing better.
More specifically, I'm looking at reducing his simple sugar and carb intake and increasing his healthy fats, protein and vegetable intake. In other words, a shift more towards a Paleo kind of diet.
What I'm interested in knowing is if any of you (who have had similar symptoms from a viral meningitis or encephalitis) have found improvement specifically tied to a similar dietary change.
Any kind of related feedback is appreciated.