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Over a week ago I went to A&E with severe nausea, headache, back pain etc. I was crying in pain and with worry. I have had headaches previous to this for 6 months or so with my GP putting it down to sinusitis. (its not because CT scan was ok)
In A&E after several blood tests etc the doctor confirmed that she was pretty certain I had viral meningitis. I also had a water infection. I was treated with IV antibiotics and with pain killers which relieved my head so I was comfortable.
I also had a CT scan and a lumber puncture which all came back clear. Lumber puncture was taken after 3 lots of IV antibiotics. I was finally discharged from hospital after 3 nights in hospital with a water infection which I was told young men especially in there 20's don't get unless there was something running there immune system down. (like viral meningitis)
My head has not improved at all and sometimes when I stand up I get a sharp pain in the side of my head. So I went to see my GP who is certain its a tension headache so he has prescribed me Amitriptyline and has told me not to take any painkillers which I have been doing for 5 nights now but I still have very little improvement in my head.
My wife is certain I have had viral meningitis because a lot of people complain of chronic headaches up to 6 months after they were diagnosed with it.
My question is could the lumber puncture come back clear because I had the antibiotics prior to having it done?
And does anyone have any idea how to deal with these chronic headaches other than living my life of codeine and ibuprofen?
I have not been back to work since and have been signed off by my GP until things improve.
I just feel a bit let down by the NHS especially with being discharged with a water infection and not much mention of viral meningitis after they found the water infection?
Hopefully some one can help me out and maybe advise me on my next steps.
Sorry for the long post.
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