On the 1st Feb I was admitted to hospital and after a number of lumbar punctures was diagnosed with actue meningitis.
My first lumbar puncture needed to be repeated as I was already on antibiotics which effected the cultures.
During my second lumbar puncture the doctor attempted three times but failed. I had another doctor repeat the process later that day.
The meningitis was treated and after 11 nights in hospital I was sent home with my spinal fluid leaking from the failed lumber punctures. I was re-admitted a week later where I ended up going to theatre to have a blood patch (where my own blood was injected into my spine to stop the leaks).
I have had back pain ever since. I have an mri scan on Monday. The doctors were convinced that it would get better by itself with time.
Has anyone else had any long term back problems after the lumbar punctures and if so what? I am at my wits end the doctors has resulted in prescribing me tramadol and diazepam which has turned me into a zombie and I cannot function like a normal human being.
It’s bad enough having to deal with the after effects of the meningitis (which I have received absolutely no aftercare for) let alone this back pain.
Any advice / shares experiences would be greatly received.