I'm so glad I've found this forum. So far, doctors and family have offered very little in the ways of support, diagnosis, or most importantly, assistance. Please don't let the length put you off - you guys are one of my last remaining hopes here.
Here's my story. I was (until now) perfectly healthy - good weight, never sick, no medical problems. On Tuesday night, at about 7 PM, my symptoms began (they may have began on Monday but I have no recall of that day anymore). At first I thought I was just having an unusually long hangover, because some of the symptoms echoed that - impaired vision in the dark, easily startled, difficulty concentrating on moving objects. Between about 7 PM Tuesday and twelve hours later, other symptoms arose, most of them severe - I became/experienced:
-extreme memory loss, especially in the short-term - I am also having problems recalling things that happened in the past (as in years ago)
-fatigued and weak: my motor abilities are also impaired and I can't pick up things like a pin for example (even when shaking is lessened)
-extreme problems concentrating and thinking clearly (I couldn't read paragraphs coherently for example)
-appetite and desire to sleep completely disappeared, and my emotional responses are muted; getting angry, sad, or happy is almost impossible
-palpitations and increased heart rate (100-120 resting)
-at one point, aural hallucinations - I thought I heard music that wasn't there. it's also difficult for me to concentrate on sounds when other sounds are in the background, and sound often seems more distant than it actually is
-low fever, between 99 and 100
Then began the strange experience of symptoms greatly improving (and they always have returned so far): I improved Wednesday afternoon and felt well enough to think it may finally be passing, but things soon worsened a few hours later. Another apparent improvement Thursday morning, but that also passed. A few hours later, in addition to the above symptoms remaining, more developed:
-disturbed balance - my body feels like it is leaning to the left all of the time.
-occasional difficulties in speaking - stuttering and slurred words
-not really dementia, I hope, but very disorganized thinking that is very out of character for me
-occasional tingling in the extremities (usually hands)
Since then, things have basically stayed the same - except that, as of about 6 PM on Friday, the symptoms are no longer improving very much, so the cycles are basically gone. Unless my family stays here (at the moment they plan to go on vacation and assure me all I have is the flu) I'm going to be stuck in the house; I can't drive in this condition.
The only thing I've done out of the ordinary in this period is to drink too much for a few days last weekend (basically on Sunday and Monday). I had a blackout on both days (about 10 drinks on Sunday for my birthday, and then about 16 on Monday, which would make for a BAC of about .41). Now, that's a lot of drinking, but I really don't abuse it long enough or hard enough (I'm 21) for me to develop withdrawal (and I haven't drank since then, nearing a week), and I don't think two blackouts in two days or a BAC of .41 on one of those days should cause problems like this (some of these even resemble brain damage). Maybe it opened me up to other illnesses, but has anyone heard of a flu or something like that this bad? The only other theory I have is that I perhaps hit my head during one of these two blackouts and maybe got a concusion or something... And probably much more far-fetched, not really considering it so much, stroke and heart attacks can have some of these effects (if only secondarily).
So, please help... this has been the most terrifying experience of my life.