I’m wondering if anybody can help me or offer me any words of advice?
I’m a 42 year old active male, on the evening of 19th February I had a mild headache. But woke early hours 20th with a server headache, then started being sick. I thought I’d got a migraine and stayed in bed until lunchtine. When I asked my wife for help, thought my head was going to explode.
So took me straight down to my GP, who was excellent. She knew I wasn’t right and thought I’d got a bleed on the brain and organised a brain scan at the hospital.
My wife rushed me down there, but by this time my eyes were hurting and light sensitive, and my neck was really stiff.
I had a brain scan and then a lumbar puncher, to take fluid off my spine.
I was then told that I had bacterial meningitis, I was put straight in quarantine. I laid in my room dark room, no lights or curtains open as my eyes hurt a lot. I was sick for 5 days and I ate nothing, it was awful. The pain in my head was the worst pain I’d ever had.
I was in quarantine a week then placed on a ward for a second week. I’ve been out of hospital for nearly 3 weeks and I’m still getting headaches.
And I’m really tired and sleep for around 12 hours a night and about 2-4 hours around lunchtime.
Are these both normal after bacterial meningitis?
The doctors say the headaches will just fade, but I’m just finding it very frustrating and want to feel better.
Has anybody had any similar experiences? What was your recovery time and how long you feel ill for?
Any help greatly received thanks
It sounds as though you've had an awful few weeks. I too had BM so can empathise with you. My best advice is to phone the Meningitis Now Helpline and have a chat with them. They will be able to reassure you and offer you practical advice and help too.
Meningitis is not easy to recover from. It hits hard and can take many months before you will feel "normal" again. Listen to your body, rest when you need to rest, and, hopefully, life will begin to settle down for you.
Best wishes for a full recovery from this totally debilitating disease
Thank you BV for your reply. Think I’m just finding it hard to rest, and equally having not much energy. All I seem to do is sleep.
Work have been very good and told me just to take as long as I need.
Thanks again for your kind message.