It's now just over 7 months since my partner developed Viral Meningitis, and he's still in a lot of pain.
We're lucky that it's mainly in one leg, the other leg and his arms are now relatively pain free, but the one leg makes up for it.
Because of the ongoing pain he visited his Doctor and last Monday had a referral with a Spinal Consultant. We're not certain that is what he needs, but it's definitely something to look at.
When the Consultant examined him it was clear to all that he has reduced sensation and strength in his right leg. His right knee didn't respond at all to the test where they bash you with the little hammer. It was a bit disturbing to watch, I knew he had issues, but the extent did surprise me.
After a lot of pulling him about the Consultant decided it's definitely worth looking to see if it's anything to do with nerves in my partner's back, so he's booked in for an MRI in 2 weeks. If it finds nothing then the Consultant suggested physiotherapy might be the next thing to try.
When we were in there the Consultant asked several times if he had any back pain and my partner was adamant he didn't. As we left my partner said "I feel like I have pain now". By evening my partner's back was really bothering him, and he hardly slept that night. He went to work the next day and was in agony by teatime. The following day he couldn't go to work, and he couldn't drive. We went to the Doctor and he's now on strong painkillers which knock him out, so he's been asleep most of the time since!
Apparently it's normal to be in such pain when you've seen a Spinal Consultant, but I wish they'd warned us! At least it should go within a few days, and it's nice for him to take a break because he's been absolutely shattered working 5 (or more) days a week since Christmas.
Don't think we're really negative, we aren't, we still feel really lucky. We're just quietly resigned and if any good comes of this then that's all the better!