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  • Posted By: xarmyangel26
  • March 17, 2009
  • 02:24 PM

Hi, my problems started in July 2007. I went to the Emergency room with a severe headache. Found out I had viral meningitis, was admitted to the hospital for about a week. The headache never really went away, just didn't hurt as bad when I was released.
About a month later, I was in the middle of cooking dinner and got a sudden really sharp pain in my head and got really dizzy, then the left side of my body kinda just felt like it went to sleep. I had severe difficulty talking, it took me almost five minutes just to tell my kids to sit at the table to eat. I did not go to the doctor about that until about a week later when the left side of my body was still really weak and still tingly. They did tons of tests and everything came back normal.
Ever since then I have a headache every day, that is I would say a 4 out of 10, but I have a high tolerance for pain, so, I can live with it usually. Sometimes however it does get very severe where I can hardly function. I have been to so many doctors and neurologists, no one has an answer. All tests that have been done are normal. The only thing that showed on my MRI of the brain was some kind of cyst, I think arachniod, but they said they are not concerned about it. The MRI of my neck showed a bulging disk. Other than that there was nothing out of the normal.
Then in November of 2008 I had a horrible headache and went to the doctor, they did another spinal tap and again I had viral meningitis. I was told to stay out of work for a week and rest. I again went for more testing and all tests came back normal. My doctor thought I might have MS due to the weakness and tingling of the left leg and arm. I now also have vision problems with my left eye, it is always blurry. Went to an eye doctor and they don't know why my eye is like that and it is not fixable with glasses. I am a 27 year old female and I am a single mom with 2 kids. I can not afford to miss work, so I usually just suffer through the pain and go to work. My regular doctor will not even see me for these symptoms becuase he can't help me, every time I call for an appointment he wants me to go to the ER and get a spinal tap and be admitted. I don't know what else to do, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to try and help me!

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  • can i have a look at your spinal tap report. have you ever undergone an EEG? have you everbeen checked for partial seizzures? bulging discs if compressing the spinal cord can cause headache at times very severe. have you ever been adv a neck collor after being found to have bulging disc. try some physiotherapy for the neck.
    ashishkumarrastogi 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do not have a copy of my spinal tap reports. Also, yes I have had an EEG I didn't see the report, was only told it was normal. As far as the bulging disc the doctor in the hospital said he did not think it had any significance to my headaches or anything else. The only other things that have shown up in any testing is a cyst on my brain, but again they said they do not think it has anything to do with my problems.
    xarmyangel26 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Does your neck hurt with the bulging disc?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, I have pain in my neck and when I move it around it makes crackling sounds.
    xarmyangel26 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • i am reasonably sure you are suffering because of bulging discs. but some thing i am still not sure is why should you have visual problems.
    ashishkumarrastogi 14 Replies Flag this Response
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