I was rushed to the hospital on March 9th, 2012, with a severe headache and pins and needles in my arms, two weeks after a bad case of flu, probably the worst I’d ever had. Within an hour of being admitted, I had a brain scan.
Meningitis had not crossed my mind
I was kept in A for the entire morning.
Told to go home and rest
I awoke on Sunday morning feeling terrible and unable to lift my head off the pillow; on Monday morning, a doctor informed me that I had viral meningitis and advised me to stay at home and rest for up to a month.
Typical for viral meningitis
When I was diagnosed with viral meningitis, I couldn’t stand any sensory stimulation, including more than one noise, a conversation in a room, and the phone ringing; busy visual environments; looking around for something, and bright unnatural lighting. After about six weeks, I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist, who told me to just wait.
Supportive work colleagues and employer
Before Christmas, I got food poisoning, conjunctivitis, and a throat infection, and I had to cancel a trip to Jamaica because I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope. By the end of 2012, I was starting to feel better, as long as I didn’t overdo things. It took two courses of antibiotic eye creams and a course of antibiotics to clear infections. I pushed for a referral for vestibular rehabilitatio.
Problems with bending down and turning around
Traditional rehabilitation exercises would be useless because they could not trigger my dizziness, she said, and these involved moving my head less and slower to reduce any dizziness.
Where is a meningitis headache?
A severe headache is one of the most common symptoms of meningitis, and the inflammation near the brain and spinal cord can cause a lot of pain, which can be mistaken for a migraine. A fever is the body’s way of fighting a foreign invader, such as a virus or bacteria.
Does meningitis headache come and go?
You may experience headaches that come and go for up to 2 weeks, and what appears to be viral meningitis may turn out to be early bacterial meningitis in rare cases, so it’s important to have your symptoms checked again. Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or if new symptoms appear.
How long does a meningitis headache last?
Viral meningitis u2013 Symptoms of viral meningitis are typically mild, and most cases of viral meningitis can be treated at home with rest and painkillers after being diagnosed by a medical professional.
How long can you have meningitis and not know it?
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or gradually over several days, usually within 3 to 7 days of exposure. Later symptoms of bacterial meningitis can be very serious (e.g., seizures, coma), so anyone who suspects they may have meningitis should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
How do you rule out meningitis?
a physical exam to look for signs of meningitis. a blood test to look for bacteria or viruses. a lumbar puncture u2013 a sample of fluid from the spine is taken and tested for bacteria or viruses. a CT scan to look for any problems with the brain, such as swelling.
What can be mistaken for meningitis?
According to a case study from Mexico, neurosarcoidosis, a rare form of sarcoidosis that affects the central nervous system, can be misdiagnosed as meningitis due to similar neurological symptoms. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, known as meninges.
When should you suspect meningitis?
a fever of 38u00b0C or higher. being sick. a headache. a rash that does not fade when rolled over with a glass (although a rash does not always develop).
Can you have meningitis and not know it?
Symptoms. Viral meningitis usually starts with symptoms of a viral infection, such as fever, malaise, cough, muscle aches, vomiting, loss of appetite, and headache; however, some people may have no symptoms at all at first, then develop symptoms that suggest meningitis later.
How can you test for meningitis at home?
The meningitis glass test is a simple way to see if you have meningit
- Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin.
- Spots/rash may fade at first.
- Continue to check.
- A fever with spots/rash that do not fade under pressure is a medical emergency.
How long are you contagious with meningitis?
Viral meningitis is contagious for 3 days after infection and for another 7 to 14 days after symptoms appear. Bacterial meningitis is usually less contagious than viral meningitis and is contagious for 3 days after infection and for another 7 to 14 days after symptoms appear.
Does Meningitis go away on its own?
It’s most common in the spring and summer, when the enterovirus, one of the most common causes of meningitis, is most prevalent in communities, and it usually goes away on its own without causing permanent damage or disability.
What happens if meningitis is left untreated?
Antibiotics can usually eliminate the bacteria, but about 10 to 15 percent of cases result in death even when antibiotics are used, and 11 to 19 percent of people who recover will have long-term complications.
How do adults get meningitis?
Acute bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain and spinal cord, but it can also happen when bacteria directly invade the meninges, which can be caused by an ear or sinus infection, a skull fracture, or u2014 rarely u2014 some surgeries.
What does meningitis neck feel like?
experiencing severe neck stiffness for no apparent reason. having a constant, painful headache. feeling disoriented. feeling sick and vomiting.
How do you test for meningitis with a glass?
If your child has a cluster of red or purple spots, press the side of a clear drinking glass firmly against the rash; the spots are still visible through the glass in this example.