It always makes me so frustrated when Dr's think none of our problems stem from post meningitis issues. The government really needs to start doing long term follow-up studies on both bacterial and viral meningitis sufferers to confirm long term side effects of the disease. Its very nice to have these forums available to discuss issues with other people. These were not around 14 years ago when I had viral meningitis at 31 years old. Mine started with an extremely bad flu-looking back I should have gone to the hospital at that time as I had a fever approaching 106. Got over the flu and then was diagnosed a week later with meningitis. Literally felt like I was going to die-which I didn't really mind at the time as the pain was so bad in my head that death would have been a welcome friend. Spent 5 days in hospital. Its odd that Dr's could not attribute to a bacterial cause when the antibiotics made such a huge difference. At any rate-13 years later and I have never been the same. It took me a good solid year to really gain my physical strength back. I slept a lot that first year-my body and mind really needed it and I obliged. Prior to VM I was probably one of the least likely people to suffer from depression and anxiety. Well that all changed after VM as I have suffered terribly with both over the last 12 years. I think I probably had some symptoms of PTSD in there as well. I have very bad headaches to this day-again headaches were something I never experienced prior to VM. Uptb10 years after-I had headaches which I actually referred to as a post VM headache. They felt exactly like my original VM headaches-except not nearly as severe. I have suffered from Fibromyalgia for the last 10 years as well as Ideopathic Small Fiber Neuropathy for a couple of years. My nerves are completely messed up. Now I know that I was never the same healthwise after VM-the question is though-was the cause that horrendous flu, the VM-all of those toxic antibiotics they pumped into my system OR a combination of all 3? Personally I think Meningitis is akin to a brain injury-it make take someone a long time to recover or they may never fully recover. Again until they start completing some long term studies on long term effects that dont appear until months or years after-good luck finding a Dr who will connect it to the Meningitis. The best advice I can give is be patient with yourself-you all survived a terrible disease, there is a good likelyhood there may be some long-term repercussions but at least you are alive.