I spent the night in high dependency and remember feeling very disorientated and had no idea where I was, before being transferred to the infectious diseases unit the next day. There then followed tests such as a lumbar puncture, MRI, further CT etc to confirm the diagnosis and I remained on intravenous antibiotics for a further eight days and was in hospital for almost two weeks.
After leaving hospital I had periods of severe dizziness, weakness in my legs and headaches resulting in a further collapse a few weeks later whist working in Oxfordshire, which resulted in an overnight stay in hospital there. It was after this that the neurologist who had been seeing me whilst in hospital did some further investigation and discovered that I had also developed HaNDL Syndrome (a rare extreme form of migraine). Fortunately this condition only lasts a few months and was the only after effect, so I feel very lucky indeed.
As with many other people, I did not associate any of my symptoms with meningitis, as I had no rash and didn’t really think it affected grown men and it all happened so quickly. I found reading the other stories on your website reassuring and it made me realise that there are a lot of people who get varying symptoms, so I thought I would share mine in the hope that it helps others realise some of the other things to look out for.
Since this time I have suffered after effects which include pain in hips and legs, numbness in limbs and face, headaches, tinnitus, disturbances to my hearing, vision and speech, lack of balance, difficulty in searching for words and processing sound. These vary in intensity and do not necessarily all come together, but can cause problems.