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Long term pain after West Nile Viral Menigitis

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Posted by Mary Gordon on 04 October 2012

Hi all...at the age of 46 (5 years ago) I had West Nile Virus that progressed to Meningitis. I had all of the head, eye, nervous system symptoms. During the acute phase my lower legs also ached, like you ache if you have a bad case of flu. Nothing would relieve that ache. Years later I do have some long term effects often mentioned here, but those come and go depending on my stress level and if I'm exhausted. The leg ache however is still with me and is constant. I have had it for all these years. It's there when I wake up and all day. Exercise or rest doesn't help any. Vicodin takes the edge off. Does anyone have any similar problem and have you found a cause or solution? I wonder if it could be nerve damage. I had a brain MRI 2 years ago that was normal. Thank you so much.

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Posted on 02 September 2013

Comment by charlotte cantwell

my husband found pure tart cherry juice has helped his hands for sure. He has diabetes and is loosing musle tone in hands and they become stiff and tingle and this really helps to make them more flexable and not hurt as much. Can be found in health food section of grocery stores and health food stores. Even the bottle with water as first ingredient works as well but for faster relief try the pure juice first. Hope this helps.

Posted on 26 November 2012

Comment by Lisa Zelinski

As a 46 year old 2009 survivor of west Nile virus. I too have pain. I have been diagnosed with m.s. a year after being diagnosed. My Drs have told me the pain is from nerve damage. I find that hydro and tramadol sometimes works. I have also tried various anti depressents. I hope this helps!

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