Transverse Myelitis: What Is The Condition, And Can It Be Caused By A Vaccine Dose?
Transverse myelitis is a disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord – the part of the central nervous system that sends impulse signals between your brain and the nerves in your body. “Transverse” refers to the pattern, or span, of sensations across the trunk of the body. “Myelitis” refers to the inflammation itself. By interrupting messages that the body’s spinal cord nerves send throughout the body, transverse myelitis can cause pain, muscle weakness, sensory issues, bowel/bladder dysfunction, and even paralysis.
Symptoms of transverse myelitis will vary in degree, from mild and temporary in some cases to acute and indefinite in others. Symptoms may start within hours of the origin, or may take several weeks to develop.
The four “classic” symptoms of transverse myelitis include:
- Pain; Up to 50% of those experiencing transverse myelitis report pain as their first symptom. This can be localized to the back, or it can shoot and radiate through the arms and legs. The pain usually varies depending on the part of the spinal cord that is affected.
- Weakness in arms or legs; Some may experience a “heaviness” in their legs, or a feeling that they are dragging their feet or stumbling. In some cases, the weakness may progress toward paralysis of the limbs involved.
- Abnormal sensations; Up to 80% of transverse myelitis patients experience heightened sensitivity to touch. (For example, even putting on a shirt can bring a feeling of pain to the skin.) Numbness, tingling, coldness, and burning sensations can also be associated with transverse myelitis.
- Bladder and bowel issues; These may include incontinence, increased frequency of urination or defecation, or issues with constipation. Some patients report these issues as their first symptom of transverse myelitis.
As you can see, some of the symptoms associated with transverse myelitis can be easily confused with symptoms of other disorders. This can make it difficult to diagnose transverse myelitis – as opposed to other conditions – and to pinpoint the cause or origin of the condition in patients.
Can Vaccines Cause Transverse Myelitis?
The causes of transverse myelitis vary, from immune system issues to viral infections or even parasites. Research indicates that immune system disorders are frequently associated with transverse myelitis. “Post-vaccine autoimmune phenomenon” is one such cause – in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue while responding to a vaccine. As part of this autoimmune attack, the protective coating along the spinal cord can be affected, leading to the development of transverse myelitis and its numerous debilitating symptoms.
Financial Compensation for Transverse Myelitis Patients Under the VICP
If a patient experiences any of the symptoms above within the hours, days, or weeks following a vaccine administration, they should keep detailed documentation of the issue. This should include a list of symptoms experienced and treatment received. If a connection can be made between a person’s transverse myelitis symptoms and diagnosis and a recent vaccine administration, they may be entitled to financial compensation.
Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, patients that experienced serious side effects from vaccine administration – including development of conditions such as transverse myelitis – may be entitled to Federal compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and even attorney’s fees. Notably, a patient does not have to prove with complete certainty that that vaccine caused their illness. If they can demonstrate a likelihood that the connection exists, they may be entitled to fair compensation through the VICP. About 60% of all vaccine injury cases filed through the U.S. Court of Federal Claims are settled in the interests of both parties without the need for trial or evidentiary hearings.
Because vaccine injury claims are handled through a special Federal process, patients might find it difficult to obtain results on their own. A Philadelphia vaccine injury attorney that has knowledge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and vaccine injury procedures can help guide you to a fair result and make your voice heard.
The Vaccine Injury Attorneys at Green & Schafle Can Help if You or a Loved One Have Suffered Transverse Myelitis After Receiving a Vaccine
Transverse myelitis is a unique condition that can cause severe and debilitating symptoms in its patients. These symptoms can bring physical pain and mental stress, as they interfere with a person’s ability to go about their daily lives. Finding out that a vaccine may have triggered this pain only adds to the mental anguish. If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of transverse myelitis after a vaccine and want to know more about your rights involved, call our legal team at Green & Schafle today to learn more about your options. Our staff is available for a free consultation at 1-855-462-3330, or online anytime.