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Brain Infection

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Comment from: Marnie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I started getting sick, feeling off a bit in the morning with a headache most of the day. Around 8 pm that night my eye started watering and twitching, and the left side of my lip felt numb. It was hard to see. I called the nurses' hotline once I got home and they said to call 911. I went to the hospital and the left side of my face was paralyzed with no feeling and my headache was way worse. They treated me for a migraine and sent me home to follow up with the TIA (transient ischemic attack) clinic the next day. The next day I had blood work, CT scan and ECG, and all turned out fine. I went to work the next day. My face was way worse and it was dropping. My headache and vision were bad with noise sensitivity. I went back to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with viral encephalitis. It has been two months and I am getting better really slow. I still have facial paralysis and have all my symptoms from the beginning but they are lessoning every day. It is very frustrating. I am doing acupuncture on my face and that has helped bring back feeling and tiny movements. I feel better with rest but if I do too much the symptoms come back. The doctors do not know what virus I have, and none of the tests showed the common ones. I do have a high white blood cell count in my central nervous system. My symptoms are headache, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, irritability, left side facial paralysis, watery left eye, confusion, and I am unable to process thoughts as fast. I have shooting pain in my left ear up the left side of my neck and down my neck. It is very emotional dealing with this, you feel frustrated a lot. Simple tasks you get exhausted over, like walking down the stairs or running into the store to pick something up. When you get home you sleep for two to three hours. After two months I can go a day without a nap but that is just resting all day. If I go do something then I need to have a nap. The only health risk I have is that I am overweight. There is not a lot of information on the web describing the stages of healing from a brain infection and what to expect. It would be nice to see a timeline, or if where you are for healing is normal, etc.

Comment from: carrie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had a moderate headache for 3 weeks, during this time I saw the 2 different doctors once each. I had no other symptoms. One and a half years previous to this I had a heart transplant. The doctors said nothing was wrong, probably stress. During the 5th week and still having the headache but no other symptoms, I very quickly within a few hours came down with a fever of 102. I became very sick, very fast and my mother had to drive me to the hospital which was over 2 hours away. I was very sleepy and could not think very well. At the hospital they took blood test, then a lumbar puncture to confirm brain infection. I had 2 different types of meningitis. I had 50 percent chance of living. I was sick for a long time and it took me about 1 year to recover. I have no known leftover damage that we are aware of. Never had a stiff neck or any other symptoms in the beginning other than a headache for several weeks.

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