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Fungal Meningitis - Is Treatment going the right way?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 16, 2006
  • 03:36 PM

My father who is aged 62 years, is suffering from Fungal Meningitis as per doctor's diagnosis.

It started with high fever and joint pains. This went for 5 days during which he had medications for Fever and Joint pains. On 6th day he was looking at people but did not respond to their queries. He did not know that he was urinating on his bed. He was then hospitalised and given medications as per fungal meningitis (This was later confirmed through Lumbar Puncture test done on the Cerebro Spinal Fluid). He started talking. The best we saw out of him (mentally) was between 3rd to 6th day of antibiotics administration period.

Now after 9 days of Medications on Fungal Meningitis it is negative on the Lumbar Puncture test.

1. He is shaky when he moves his hands. It is 3 days since the antibiotics administration is stopped.
2. He is unable to move his legs. Physiotherapy is being done from 2 days.
3. He is groaning. When asked, he says that there are no pains anywhere, but he still groans.
4. He shows some unsatisfied expressions, but when asked for problems, he says there are none.

Is this going the right way?.........Please help!!

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  • I know what you are going through, as my wife has been fighting fungal meningitis now for almost 4 months. Have your father check out by a neurologist for possible brain lesions. My wife had 4 lesions form before suffering a seizure that prompted a 33 day stay in the hospital where an agressive treatment of Amphotericin B and fluconazole was used to kill the fungus. Up until that time we had no idea what was wrong with her. I have since learned a lot about this terrible disease and if you want to write me, you may at djmiller@stanford.edu I understand the pain and trauma that you are suffering and I hope your father recovers. This is a long, long road but with prompt and proper medical care along with many, many prayers, recovery is possible. I will keep your father in my prayers...Dan
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