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so many tests

Mar 05, 2018 - 3 comments
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Headache

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spinal

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ct scan

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Hi! On Saturday night I went to the ER because my headache and confusion and stuff had gotten so bad. They admitted me overnight and the fever hadn't gone away. (I still have no idea why they admitted me overnight JUST to see if I was feeling better) The fever hadn't dropped and I still felt really bad so I had a CT scan and an EEG, and neither were conclusive. Sometime today I'm getting a spinal tap. The doctors aren't really keeping me updated on what they think is going on with me. Not a very good experience so far but at least they have painkillers and TV.

EDIT: got my spinal tap. Apparently my glucose level is low in the CSF, and the white blood cell count is high. Have no idea what any of this means but they said they'll have to run more tests tomorrow.

EDIT: I got an MRI. It's either aseptic meningitis or encephalitis. To figure out exactly what it is would be a waste of time, and I'll be discharged tomorrow if my fever goes down with whatever stuff they're giving me. Just got to avoid people. My case isn't severe or life threatening, so that's good at least. Sure gave me a scare though.

EDIT (3/19): Sorry I haven't been on here in awhile, I've just been resting and I feel much better now. Don't have a lot more to update on, so unless anything changes, this will conclude my journal entry.

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649848 tn?1534633700
by Barb135, Mar 05, 2018
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time and that they aren't keeping you updated on your condition.  You can insist that they do so, if you aren't satisfied with your treatment.

I know you're new to the site and I'd like to follow your updates; it will be easier to do that if you update only one journal, at this point instead of starting a new one each time.

I hope you feel better soon.

649848 tn?1534633700
by Barb135, Mar 09, 2018
You've edited above, but I'm not sure when you added the comments about meningitis or encephalitis... neither of those are things to let go, so I'm not sure why they'd think them not worth looking into, even if they aren't life-threatening.

I hope you're feeling better by now.  
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20814557 tn?1520094170
by unleash, Mar 19, 2018
Hi! Thank you for the concern. I'm feeling a lot better now. After doing more research online, I was also confused when they told me it wasn't worth looking into further, but I think they were trying to say that it wasn't worth it to try and find out which one it actually was, since they are both inflammatory conditions in the same area after all.

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