41 F with post viral meningitis headache, probably post-LP headache, not relieved by patch. Left leg numb and tingling.Tried many medications, doctors (Neuro?) say they have done everything they can.
My field is not neuro, but if you are knocking every door for help, I will share my thoughts. Is there any particular time, place, or position (like lying in bed, or sitting or head turned/ tilted to one side) that brings relief? How is her sleep? How is her sadness-happiness scale?
Wish this helps.
It will help us to know if a CT scan or MRI of brain has been done. If yes were there any positive findings?
It is important that your wife undergoes a complete neurological exam along with tests. Viral meningitis occasionally results in brain edema and raised intracranial pressure which can cause severe headaches and numbness in the limbs. It will be great if you can schedule an early appointment with a neurologist. Good luck and keep us posted.
During the first hospitalization, it helped somewhat to lie prone. Her neck was stiff and painful and when she sat upright or stood, her pain increased. Now however, it really doesn't affect it (other than causing her heart rate to increase thereby increasing the throbbing pain). She wasn't getting much sleep at all due to the pain; however in the last 3-4 days the doctor prescribed trazadone at night and she is sleeping much better. She is amazingly upbeat; given everthing she has been through including the pain, I think she's doing great mentally. I don't think I would be as upbeat as she it. Thanks for your response.
She had a MRI with contrast and a CAT scan during her first hospitalization but none since. She has been examined by two different neurologists. The exams consisted of bedside exams checking reflexes, feeling in limbs, etc. None (including her regular physician) seemed to be concerned.