It's the worst pain I've ever experienced. One afternoon I was at Target with my 2 Dds (then 3.5 yrs & 10 months) & I developed a headache - not unusual for me. It got worse, like a migraine, so I took some ibuprofin which didn't touch it, so I went to bed. I awoke in the morning & it was still there, by this point I was vomiting & had a lot of eye pain, like my eyeballs ached. I laid on the couch all day taking mass amounts of ibuprofin & immediately vomiting everything up. I couldn't stand up or walk.
My Mom took my girls out for a walk & I called 911. Once in the ambulance they inserted an IV & in retrospect, I think the medics suspected meningitis because they waited in the ER until I was dx'd.
Once in the ER, the doctor discovered that I had a fever & that my neck was stiff (I wasn't aware of these two things.) Then they did a spinal tap & it was positive. I got a shot in the butt of demerol & then some Zofran for the nausea & that was the best I would feel for about a month.
They wanted to admit me but didn't have a room on the maternity floor open so that Dd2 could stay with me so I went home with scripts for vicodin & percocets to be taken every 3 hours around the clock. Apparently if you fall behind, it's harder to get a handle on the pain - honestly, I don't think anything ever took the pain away, the pain killers just knocked me down a bit so I wasn't as aware. I had to eat every time I took the meds or I'd vomit - so if your BIL isn't eating with the meds, that could be why he has stomach pain.
The only way I know how to describe the pain is the worst headache ever - but so much more than that. The tissue surrounding the brain swells & the pain is incomprehensible. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Oh, and just before I developed meningitis, my Dds had a viral rash - no biggie, just a mild rash & very ow grade fever. The doctors told me that when some people are exposed to entero viruses, they can develop meingitis - it can be transmitted through fecal matter (poopy diaper changes & inefficient handwashing.) I'm SUPER diligent about washing my hands very thoroughly after poopy diaper changes now!
Mama to Girl 2/00, Girl 1/03, Boy 3/06, Boy 11/10, and coming July 2015!