I too had Meningitis several years ago. I was 19 (2007) I also ended up with Shingles at the same time. I had no idea what was going on but felt like my head was going to explode, thinking it was just the first time I was experiencing a migraine I tried miserably to wait it out. After 3 weeks, the pain was so extreme, I could not even walk anymore. So I ended up being taken to the hospital to discover I had Viral meningitis and was near death. I waited so long that one firm bump to head would have cracked my skull. Ever since, (11 years) I have experienced the worst, most regular migraines, I don't ever feel rested even with medication to sleep and medication to make you more alert. I have a horribly weakened immune system and when I get sick I have a really tough time recovering. Exercise is a huge part of me staying somewhat healthy, however I am always exhausted and have to force myself to do anything. I also take longer than your average person to heal after surgeries, have had post surgical complications with each one, and have many bouts of confusion, (brain farts) and my anxiety has gotten to a point that I have been hospitalized for bizarre panic attacks that cause me to stop breathing. My body is no longer that of a 31 year old on the inside. I am severely anemic and receive infusions every 3 months, and am under the care of pain management for various issues. (non-narcotics). Friends and Family think because I look healthy, that I must be over exaggerating, but when I explain that I have been bounced around from one specialty to another, they realize that it is not all in my head.
I would also love some answers. I am convinced after all the research I have done that my issues with extreme fatigue, pain, confusion amongst everything else that I have CFS. My PCP thankfully is ready to help find some answers.