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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Lori Cavanaugh has had four back surgeries to relieve her constant pain.

But these days, she’s living under a cloud of mental anguish — worried she will get fungal meningitis.

She says, “Yeah, I am scared.”

Cavanaugh is one of 14,000 people across the country on pins and needles.

They received steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts that may have been contaminated with the fungus that could cause meningitis.

331 people in 18 states, including one person in Texas, have contracted fungal meningitis.

25 have died.

Shortly after receiving the shot July 31st, Cavanaugh says she developed symptoms for meningitis: headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.

Cavanaugh says, “I’m ok for a couple of hours, then I have to lay down and sleep for a couple of hours, that’s just not like me.”

Now, Cavanaugh, who lives in Southern Michigan, has hired an attorney.

He has filed the first lawsuit in Texas against the compounding pharmacy.

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We asked her attorney, Ed Jazlowiecki of Bristol, Connecticut, why he filed the case in federal court in Dallas.

He says, “There are about 120 people who’ve been injected in the area, and we expect more people to join our lawsuit.”

The attorney representing the pharmacy says they will defend the company against all aspects of the lawsuit, now one of many filed in courts across the country.

As for Lori Cavanaugh, she says she is trying to keep news of the outbreak from overwhelming her.  “I’m doing a lot of praying you know, doing a lot of praying.”

The lawsuit seeks at least $75,000 in damages for Cavanaugh.

She says she hopes the New England Compounding Center never gets its license back.

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