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Possible viral meningitis

Hello. I am looking for some answers. About 4 weeks ago I started to get this wierd headache and by day 3 nothing would take the pain away. I went to the hospital and they did my blood work and some pain medicine and sent me home. I finally did a lumbar puncture and it did not show viral meningitis. Would it show up after 3 weeks? Also I now have constant pressure in my head, my neck is stiff and it seems like I have nerve pain down my arms. I know this headache is not a spinal headache because I had one two years ago. Oh and at times I do feel pressure in my ears. I had an MRI with and without contrast and a CT and CTA and they all came back normal.

Thank you

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I'm like You, heading into week 3 of extreme Headaches, pains and going between bed & couch. I was admitted to hospital on Thursday, bloods & ct scan clear. They spoke about a l.p. but were slow to do it due to it increasing the headache and the doctors attitude was that all this would do is confirm it but no real treatment for VM. He did start treating me for migraines with steroids and a strong tablet. The pressure on my head is awful, sometimes travelling into my ears & also pains down my neck arms yesterday. I left the hospital on Friday with the hope of improvement eith those meds and I was worse than ever yesterday. I'm currently waiting on the hospital to call me back.

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Do you have a sore neck all the time? Also light sensitivity, dizziness and runny nose are all signs. Do you have shingles on one side? Did they start you on anti viral meds? If you have other symptoms you may need to go back.

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I have had no runny nose etc. I started with pains & aches & nausea but has just escalated to pains in neck, arms and my headache/pressure has just been relentless. Doc said no meds can be given for it so he's treating me for migraine with high dose steroids & painkillers. There was no mention at all of anti viral meds.

How are we picking this up? I was told it's not contagious? I'm concerned as my 4mth old niece arrives next week from Australia and I would hate if she contracted it.

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I had an lumbar puncture three weeks after initial onset of symptoms. The neurologist thought I had viral meningitis. All I can say is that the symptoms for me has lasted for a while. The pressure in my head has been very wierd but has gotten better over time. I also had pain in my neck down my arms and legs. It was like nerve pain. I hope you get some answers.

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Thanks for your response. The hardest thing is the headaches and the pressure...very difficult. The fatigue is something I guess we just need to listen to if possible. It would be good to have a time scale on it too🙈

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Hello, You can find my 28 year old daughter, Rosie S' Story, via the link on the forum stories from the home page.

We found that cranial massage worked wonders for her. Her job is working with horses on pretty much a daily basis and is very physically demanding.

It is rare for a story to be so positive and we have tried to let people know that this amazing complementary therapy worked for her. It helps release the spinal fluid which VM leaves a blockage for. Rosie is pretty much cured after around 10 sessions coupled with actupuncture, although found awesome relief after only one appointment. She is now free of all pain killers and antidepressants and feels right back to her old self.

We can only let you know what worked for her. It's not for all, but has now given amazing relief for many. It seems the success could be to do with the skill of the cranial osteopath you use. So it is important to find out the osteopaths credentials and experience in this specialised field particularly dealing with VM sufferers, if you can. (Not all osteopaths realise that this helps VM sufferers, it is often carried out on young babies with birthing problems). You need an osteopath and not a therapist who mearly has some training in cranial massage.

If you find you are getting the violent headaches and feeling lethargic and depressed after a few weeks, give this complementary therapy a go, it really could be worth it and save you being on prescribed drugs, along with months, years, of unnecessary suffering.

Kind wishes and best of luck

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