I contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV 2 in April 2019. Luckily was only in hospital a couple of days and was able to go home once they got the headaches and pain under control. I was sent home and instructed to take almost 3 grams of Acyclovir for 10 days. After the 10 days my primary care dr. lowered the dose to 800 mg daily which seemed to keep the virus at bay.
3 days ago I experienced a SEVERE stiff neck and back pain, along my spinal cord. The stiff neck is still pretty severe today, I can barely move my head. I'm not going back to the hospital b/c I don't have a fever, nausea, bad headaches like I did in April. Is this another bout of VM or am I just not fully healed from the first episode?
When I was in the hospital in April the infectious disease specialist said that many people get VM and just treat it on their own if the pain isn't severe. She told me how to treat it on my own by increasing my dose of Acyclovir and using over the counter pain meds. This has seemed to work in the sense that my symptoms are not getting any worse.
Has anyone else experienced this? I'm really hesitant to reach out to a dr. because 1) I don't want to have to go to the hospital again and expose myself to all of the trauma from a lumbar puncture and various IVs and steroids and 2) the medical community really doesn't seem to understand the recovery with VM.