Brain problem: help

Marco de Innocentis mdeinnocentis at
Thu Mar 2 17:54:26 EST 2000

A friend of mine got married and moved in with her husband last
October. Prior to that she had never been sick in her life, but
soon afterwards she started having very strong headaches and
tingling sensations in her legs, arms, and even in her face. She
often felt very sick and threw up most of what she ate. At times
she started saying things which didn't make any sense. Finally
last week she collapsed and was brought to hospital. The doctors
put her in intensive care and found that somehow her brain stem
appeared to have swollen, but they had no idea why.
The next day she almost died, but then her condition improved
and a few days later they released her from hospital, although
they're still doing tests on her. Now she appears ok, but her
capacity to form new memories seems somehow to have been
impaired. People go and visit her, and the next day she has no
recollection of it. She will ask a question, then a few minutes
later will ask it again, then again. She also has no memory of
having been to the hospital, says it all seems like a "blur" to
How could her brain stem have swollen or "grown", as the doctors
put it? They say it might be some sort of virus. I don't want to
sound paranoid, but could she have been poisoned?


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