Q: How do I know if I have fungal meningitis?
Since the New England Compounding Center has caused an outbreak of fungal meningitis from tainted steroid shots, many patients have been left wondering how they can tell if they have fungal meningitis. Fungal meningitis is when the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord are infected with fungus, but since it is normally quite rare, the general public is not necessarily aware of the symptoms.
Diagnosing fungal meningitis requires vigilance because it's not always clear right away what is wrong with a person. Fungal infections can be slow to develop and can begin with simple symptoms like:
- Sensitivity to light
As the infection worsens, individuals may experience additional symptoms such as:
- Stiff neck
- Weakness or numbness in any part of the body
- Slurred speech
- Pain, redness or swelling at the site of the injection
The severity of fungal meningitis can vary greatly, so it is important to pay attention to your body and any negative changes that may occur. If you suspect that you have fungal meningitis, but aren't sure, you do not need to quarantine yourself because it is not contagious. See a doctor as soon as possible because if left untreated, the inflammatory disease can cause permanent neurological damage or even death.
Were you a victim of New England Compounding Center's tainted steroid injections? Girard's Law is pursuing claims against this facility for patients as well as attorneys who represent injured patients. If we can assist you or your clients, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately by calling us toll-free at 888.897.2762.