Acyclovir in meningitis

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I had viral meningitis in December 05, and was in hospital for 2 weeks the condition was confirmed by the neurologitst having a lumbar puncture. I was so ill I thought I would die, I could not move of the bed the pain in my head was explosive and my eyes hurt so bad. It took me three months to get over this, and until september 05 until I was one hundred percent again.
) not too unusual to contract hsv2 meningitis when you contract hsv2 genitally. also not too unusual not to notice genital symptoms of hsv2 too. did your partner get their test results back yet?
He was tested finally for Herpes and had to spend 2 days in the hospital and after it 2 weeks with Acyclovir IV...... he is not the same and the doctors say he may have a recurrent Herpes Meningitis because the virus is already in his spine fluid. My question is... the Herpes Meningitis was caused for the misdiagnosis? If he got the right medicine "Acyclovir" since the beginning (instead of all those antibiotics) the Herpes Meningitis could be prevented?
not fungal, bacterial (started on acyclovir for 3 days after 18 days) or meningococcal meningitis. Were told it is viral meningitis. Lumbar spinal tap--white count is up and also protein. EEG--showed slowed brain wave pattern. Second EEG still looked slow. Neuropsychological workup showed a 7--8. Husband is an electrical engineer with a Master's Degree. Has cognitive problems. Told hallucinations due to acyclovir and taken off as not bacterial.
to a Columubs, OH hospital 10/2, and a spinal tap was done discovering an aseptic meningitis. The consensus is this has most likely been a chronic undiagnosed meningitis in exacerbation. Mri's of head and spine were negative for sarcoid enhancement, Cisternogram and all cultures were negative, ans spinal ace <4. I have no neuro defecits. On d/c they finally started me on po prednisone 60 mg x3days, 50mg x 3days, and then changed it to medrol, as the prednisone did not appear to be helping.
Then there is the issue of surgery. Obviously I wouldn't do the surgery while you have meningitis. But maybe in between. I don't think the virus or the injections did this to your spine. The fall did the torn disks. I normally say no to spinal surgery but maybe for the torn disks. But only when you are well. Pain meds abviously make you tired as would the meningitis. The swelling should go down. You may need antidepressants to help with the pain and the situation.
Furthermore, he stated that I may suffer permanent neurological damage, although minor in nature, from this illness. He also wants me to try a medication called acyclovir as he said that 80% of all viral meningitis cases are caused by viruses that this medication can help supress in the body. My question to the forum physicians is twofold. Is the timeframe for this illness/symptoms accurate at 6 - 12 months? Is it worthwhile trying out this acyclovir?
My doctors at this point can only assume that the source of my recurrent meningitis is HSV and are reluctant to reccommend daily oral acyclovir as a preventive. Are there any studies on the side effects of long-term acyclovir use? Are there any theories on the factors that may precipitate an exacerbation of the virus? I obviously would be interested in any information regarding how best to avoid or decrease the frequency of repeat episodes of viral meningitis. Thanks for any help.
What are the pros and cons of prophylactic use of oral acyclovir as a means to avoid or reduce the severity of subsequent episodes of viral meningitis? My doctors at this point can only assume that the source of my recurrent meningitis is HSV and are reluctant to reccommend daily oral acyclovir as a preventive. Are there any studies on the side effects of long-term acyclovir use? Are there any theories on the factors that may precipitate an exacerbation of the virus?
Posted By Bob Kalwinsky on July 08, 1997 at 23:18:32: In Reply to: Re: Mollaret's Meningitis posted by CCF Neuro MD on May 29, 1997 at 15:59:46: I have a few questions: 1. Are there cases of Mollaret's lasting over 10 years? 2. If acyclovir is ineffective, are other antivirals likely to help, and which ones? 3. Are there any support groups for Mollaret's sufferers? 4. Is severe joint pain a concurrent feature in some attacks, and what palliative measures are available?
Furthermore, he stated that I may suffer permanent neurological damage, although minor in nature, from this illness. He also wants me to try a medication called acyclovir as he said that 80% of all viral meningitis cases are caused by viruses that this medication can help supress in the body. My question to the forum physicians is twofold. Is the timeframe for this illness/symptoms accurate at 6 - 12 months? Is it worthwhile trying out this acyclovir?
Furthermore, he stated that I may suffer permanent neurological damage, although minor in nature, from this illness. He also wants me to try a medication called acyclovir as he said that 80% of all viral meningitis cases are caused by viruses that this medication can help supress in the body. My question to the forum physicians is twofold. Is the timeframe for this illness/symptoms accurate at 6 - 12 months? Is it worthwhile trying out this acyclovir?
I was diagnosed with Mollaret's in late 2010. I had five spinal taps in a six month period and was diagnosed finally because they realized I had a dormant chicken pox gene Meningitis uses to attack me. Duh, I had it four times between my childhood and teens. When I am not being treated with Acyclovir of some form. I sleep 16 hours a day, have neck and back pain and I eventually get light blindness. My first bout with it caused me to permanently have tear production issues.
I am a 43yr.old female and have been diagnosed with HSV2 related recurrent meningitis. I've had this for over 2 1/2 yrs. I'm currently taking an acyclovir, Famvir 500mg.twice daily; Ultram or Vicodin(for pain), but this isn't keeping the symptoms under control. I feel like I'm in a constant viral cycle along with a wide range of complaints..
: : Hello... My name is Janice. I am a 43yr.old female and have been diagnosed : : with HSV2 related recurrent meningitis. I've had this for over 2 1/2 yrs. : : I'm currently taking an acyclovir, Famvir 500mg.twice daily; Ultram or Vicodin(for pain), but this isn't keeping the symptoms under control. I feel like I'm in a constant viral cycle along with a wide range of complaints..
Posted By CCF MD GS on March 31, 1999 at 10:54:15: In Reply to: Recurring Meningitis posted by Marsha on March 31, 1999 at 09:10:56: I have had recurring meningitis since I was a child. All the viral panels have come back negative, including varicella, herpes simplex 2, etc. I am 41 years old and it's getting a lot harder to rebound back. Any ideas on where to go from here? I've had 6 or 7 hospitalizations, numerous spinal taps, and I really am at a loss.
54:15: I have had recurring meningitis since I was a child. All the viral panels have come back negative, including varicella, herpes simplex 2, etc. I am 41 years old and it's getting a lot harder to rebound back. Any ideas on where to go from here? I've had 6 or 7 hospitalizations, numerous spinal taps, and I really am at a loss. There have been other times where the doctor has said "yes you have it, stay home and in bed.
Mollaret Meningitis is recurrent bouts of benign aseptic (not due to a bacteria) meningitis in which the etiology has not been identified. However, there has been associated with viruses, especially herpes simplex virus type 1. Symptoms of meningitis including headache,fever, neck stiffness, light sensitivity, muscle aches and fatigue. The condition can last several years, up to 5 with an average of 5 attacks which lasts for a few days. Typically the patient is ok between attacks.
Pylori 2003 - treated 3x before eradication in 2009). Joint pain and severe fatigue set in after my youngest was born in 2002. In 2008 right before I got type A flu I had terrible tooth pain, then eye pain, stabbing face pain and some weakness in my left leg. Tested neg. for MS then and again March 2010 when headaches got worse (daily). Sed rate, ANA, and other tests for autoimmune disease always neg. and normal. Also Dxd with ADHD in 2008 after my son was dxd. I've tested pos.
old female and have been diagnosed with HSV2 related recurrent meningitis. I've had this for over 2 1/2 yrs. I'm currently taking an acyclovir, Famvir 500mg.twice daily; Ultram or Vicodin(for pain), but this isn't keeping the symptoms under control. I feel like I'm in a constant viral cycle along with a wide range of complaints..
Posted By Janice on November 18, 1998 at 03:13:48: In Reply to: Re: HSV2 related recurrent meningitis posted by CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS on November 15, 1998 at 15:17:49: Hello... My name is Janice. I am a 43yr.old female and have been diagnosed with HSV2 related recurrent meningitis. I've had this for over 2 1/2 yrs. I'm currently taking an acyclovir, Famvir 500mg.twice daily; Ultram or Vicodin(for pain), but this isn't keeping the symptoms under control.
I spoke to a few specialists here in Hawaii and no one thought that herpes could actually be the cause of my recurring viral meningitis? I had my fourth episode of meningitis in June of this year. I went to the ER and I was told that since I had a history of viral meningitis, no tests would be run, and that Acyclovir wasn't an option. I was given some pain medication and sent home.
My son was born almost three months later, healthy, although he did show signs of distress while still in utero. Six days after my son was born, I had the same meningitis symptoms. Once again I had all of the tests done including another lumbar puncture, and once again, I was given no reasonable explaination as to how or why this was happening. Four months later, I went to my OB/GYN with a genital sore, she did a herpes culture and it came back positive for HSV 2.
She has Dr.s baffled and even her Neuros in Chicago at Children's are interested in someone else to look at her case. She has had countless MRI's,lp's,and an angiogram.It started in Jan of 2001 at age 7.She had headaches and low grade temp.She went into a grand mal that lasted 15 minutes.They did an lp which showed an increase in her wbc count and an MRI which showed multiple lesions.They diagnosed her with ADEM.After 2 weeks and her fever getting up to 105,they sent her to Mayo.
Hello, These blister like rashes can be due to meningitis especially if it is viral in nature. however another important differential is of dyshidrotic eczema. It is characterized by a sudden onset of many deep-seated pruritic, clear vesicles which itch and then peel off. As a result the skin may also fissure. To confirm the diagnosis please get an evaluation done by a dermatologist. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
what might be causing my server headaches and neck pain,can this be meningitis and if so can it be caused from the fungi in my mouth i went to see my doctor again and he gave me Sporanox to treat the fungi i told him i think i might have meningitis he order x-rays of my neck and some regular blood work and he said will take it from there.although he did flip when he felt my neck and sayed of my god its so stiff ..anyways do i have viral meningitis from the herpes infections..
Regarding antiviral therapy, acyclovir, if you take the right dose should have the same effect as valacyclovir. In the body, valacyclovir becomes acyclovir in order to do its work, it just have a slightly different chemical composition in the body so that it doesn't have to be taken as frequently.
Posted By A. Smith on September 06, 1998 at 16:05:07: I have had viral meningitis 9 or 10 times in the last twenty years.The first time I was a graduate student studing insect transmitted plant mycoplasmas.Since that time I have had reocurrences approximately every 2-3 years.If I had health insurance when the attack came on , I was hospitalized, put on antibiotic I.V. for about 1 week, and had about 3-4 weeks of bed rest and recovered.
I have had viral meningitis 9 or 10 times in the last twenty years.The first time I was a graduate student studing insect transmitted plant mycoplasmas.Since that time I have had reocurrences approximately every 2-3 years.If I had health insurance when the attack came on , I was hospitalized, put on antibiotic I.V. for about 1 week, and had about 3-4 weeks of bed rest and recovered.
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