I've had VM 3 times. The first was when I was 18 (1983) shortly after a car accident & it was intense but resolved after about one week. The second time was in 2011, was a milder case but lasted a bit longer - around 10 days. This time has been worse. I was hospitalized twice after battling it for a week at home 5 weeks ago. I'm getting better daily but am experiencing tinnitus, photophobia, the dreaded headaches, feet tingling, temperature sensitivity, occasional mild nausea, sensitivity to loud noises, and lots of weakness. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to how my day will go. Some days I have good mornings, some days bad mornings & good afternoons, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a splitting headache; I just never know what to expect. This forum has been very helpful. I'm now off narcotics for the pain relief but am taking Tylenol. The docs here in the states (I live in Virginia) have told me not to take any NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen, advil, etc) as they thought my meningitis might have been caused by some sort of allergic reaction to these as well (although I doubt this very much). I wish I could take an advil as I think it would help what feels like inflammatory pain in my head & neck daily but am scared to. They did every test known to man in the hospital - twice. I was tested for Lyme, enterococcus, Cryptococcus, Herpes 1 & 2, HIV, something with mice, autoimmune causes, cancer marker screening; you name it - I've been tested for it - all negative. I'm not sure if I was tested for West Nile which is a question I plan to ask my MD next visit. Final diagnosis: Asceptic Meningitis. I continue to remain hopeful for a full recovery and try to remain grateful for what I have and remember how much worse it could be; I'm alive after all. Must admit, yesterday I had two crying spells & felt a bit sorry for myself but I refuse to beat myself up about it; today is a new day and I will try to make the most of it. Yesterday evening I actually took the dogs for a 15 minute walk outside for the first time since my second hospitalization which is the first time I've left the house in almost 2 weeks. One week ago I couldn't even leave my darkened bedroom because of the light without looking like Jackie O. in my sunglasses. I have a lot to be thankful for. I thank all of you for your posts. It helps so much to know I'm not alone.