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Transverse Myelitis: An Overview
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a neurologic syndrome caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. TM symptoms develop rapidly and include limb weakness, sensory disturbance, bowel and bladder dysfunction, back pain, and radicular pain (pain in the distribution of a single spinal nerve).
When it occurs without apparent underlying cause, TM may be the unfortunate result of a flu shot side effect. Although some patients recover from TM with few if any problems, others suffer permanent impairments that affect their ability to perform ordinary everyday tasks.
Most patients will have only one episode of TM, but a small number may have periodic recurrences. Sadly, flu shot vaccines have been linked ever increasingly to Transverse Myelitis.
How Can Flu Vaccines Cause TM?
There is a popular scientific theory claiming that it is possible that flu vaccines – which are specifically designed to produce immune reactions – cause stimulation of T-cells that may produce antibodies that attack the myelin sheath, thus causing TM.
About one-third of TM cases appear to be associated with viral infections or vaccine injections. Additionally, there is a great deal of literature that essentially confirms the causal relationship between flu shots and Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which has a high degree of medical similarity to TM.
Transverse Myelitis Treatment
In most cases, the 1st-line treatment for patients with transverse myelitis is IV glucocorticoids. If your doctor suspects transverse myelitis, they’ll likely initiate high-dose IV glucocorticoids immediately.
Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid hormones that fight inflammation and work with the immune system. In patients with transverse myelitis, glucocorticoids help reduce the inflammation in the spinal cord.
The regimen for these medications is typically at least 3 to 5 days, but some patients may need the medication for longer.
After the patient has received treatment for the acute phase of transverse myelitis, they’ll need rehabilitative care to improve functional skills and prevent additional complications of the disease.
Although rehabilitation will be unable to reverse the physical damage caused by transverse myelitis, it can help people become as functionally independent as possible and have the best possible quality of life.
Also Read: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS)
I feel I may have a claim. How can I be compensated?
Compensation from a flu shot injury case may include monetary damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. There is no limit for medical expenses and lost wages.
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Victim of Flu Shot Side Effects? We Can Help.
The Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vaccine injury lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Flu Shot TM Injury Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed Transverse Myelitis after receiving a flu shot, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.