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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 6, 2006
  • 09:52 AM

I survived a brain abscess and am looking for others who have survived. Would love to share stories of survival when a wrong diagnosis was made.

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  • May I politely ask what your symptoms were and what you were incorrectly diagnosed with? Specifically, what did the "headache" the abscess caused feel like? Congratulations on surviving - truely truely truely truely! I (and the GP I saw) suspect an abscess but the consultant at the hospital said that I wasn't exhibiting enough neurological symptoms. To be honest, the fear is fearing me apart and I desperately want a mri/ cat scan.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2006
    • 06:44 PM
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  • I too survived a brain abscess in May,06 from an infection from a root canal. The doctors ooperated successfully in removing the abscess which was in the thalmic area and I am back to functioning normally.:) It was a rough process with physical therapy for the left side of my body was affected. I still have a fear of it happening again and I guess you just have to live with this fear, however I feel very blessed that I came out of it ok!!:o
    Cristi 1 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 05:36 PM
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  • I have a very good friend who survived a misdiagnosed brain abscess from a visit to the dentist. It wasn't until they tested the bacteria in the abscess that they new for sure it was from bacteria in the mouth. It took him almost a year before he felt like himself again and regained his speech and memory issues. Although he still has some short term and long term memory problems, he works as a professor and as a legal mediator.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
    • 04:39 PM
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  • I just came across this I too survived three simultaneous brain abscesses in August 2015. I had no initial symptoms it was just one morning my husband couldn't wake me and then began a roller coaster ride into ***l and back. I don't know why I survived and struggle a lot with this. I suffered some pretty severe brain damage and am still currently rehabbing. The whole thing has been called a miricale by most people especially the medical community I'm certainly very interested in how people cope with the aftermath of this.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2017
    • 02:58 AM
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  • I'm currently recovering from a brain abscess that planted itself in my brain early January. Serious treatment including drainage of the abscess and IV antibiotics wasn't started until 4 weeks later when doctors got the confirmation it indeed was an abscess and not a tumor.
    It was a large abscess located in the right side of the thalamus. The "only" remaining symptom is weakness on my left side (arm, hand, leg) which I'm working on with the help of rehab a couple of hours a week as well as exercises at home. I hope I will improve over the next couple of months.
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