Hi there I'm 30 years old 29 when I had bacterial meningitis. I was in hospital from 13th may for two weeks then was discharged but still didn't feel well. Was home for about a week but the headaches were unbearable so I went back into hospital and was then transferred to another hospital to a specialised acute neurology unit. The specialists discovered I have a defect in the base of my skull which would explain why I have had a c s f leak on and off for the past 7 years. I was discharged on 30th June. I am partially deaf as a result of the disease, my balance has been affected and I get exhausted so easily. I feel very anxious and paranoid. Avoid social situations. I have to have an operation to repair the base of my skull to prevent me from getting the disease again. I take penicillin long term. I had 3 lumbar punctures within a month when I was in hospital not pleasant! I know it's early days and people have been affected far worse than myself. This is a terrible disease and more people need to know about the effects of it.