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Diagnosed with viral meningitis. Suffering from severe headache. Help?

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I was diagnosed with viral meningitis 6wks ago. No lumbar puncture, neuro said he would treat me same, with oral steroid either way. So he was trying to save me the pain. I had low grade fever, balance issues, pins and needles, pulsating headache, neck and back stiffness and vertigo before he diagnosed me. I didn't get diagnosed until over a week after symptoms. Steroid helped some. Issues came back, got on another steriod, plus an anti-anxiety since i was starting to feel recovery was so long and i can't take care of my family well or work much. Also been on chantix for quitting smoking, i know smoker who trains!! insane, but i have been quit 4wks and am tapering my chantix... i'm in great shape 36yo female/personal trainer, runner. things now have possibly progressed to a different symptom or side effect of VM?? having severe pressure at back of skull, tightness in neck, weak, clumsy arms and legs, feeling faint often. Nauseous much of the time with head pressure/pain. And have had phantom smells off and on of smoke/flower or diesel (4 times total since diagnosis). I have another neuro appt tomorrow. MRI is clear, but these symptoms are scaring me into a freenzy. I have never had headaches, migraines in my life. So head pain is very scary, i have sharp temple pains, very painful, go in and out. Severe head pressure base of skull all the way up to eyes. If I have tried to get back to exercise my head gets extreme pressure, more faint and some blurriness in eyes. and must stop. Therefore have quit exercise until i see neuro. I am so stressed so worried, my poor little boys don't have an active mom anymore and this has take me down badly. Husband supportive but I'm feeling quite worthles, I know these symptoms are real, and quite scary. I am aware anxiety can cause weird stuff, but this is insane. Also have some feeling of tongue feeling big, and a bit shortness of breath when clumsiness and faintness at it's worst. Please help me! I wonder if I have a vertebrae off and its causing this, I've taught numerous boot camps and lots of high impact running over the years. Along with possible viral meningitis. Is my neck just over tense? Or is this a headache that can be life threatening? Any help I appreciate. This pressure in head with head pain hasn't stopped for 9 days, maybe an hour or 2 relief, but always returns. Also awaiting tests on Lyme and West Nile.
Thank you Sorry so long, im so worried.
Posted Mon, 10 Jun 2013 in Headache and Migraines
Answered by Dr. Gopal Krishna Dash 12 hours later
Thanks for the query
You need a repeat detailed neurological evaluation.
This will clarify the diagnosis.
Will you upload the MRI report for analysis?
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Follow-up: Diagnosed with viral meningitis. Suffering from severe headache. Help? 7 hours later
i added mri upload, unsure i did it right. hoping so. have follow up with my neuro today.
thank you. please let me know if you see anything of if i didn't upload correctly.

Answered by Dr. Gopal Krishna Dash 28 hours later
I am unable to see the MRI .
Please re-upload again along with the report
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