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Mounting scientific evidence suggests that a number of cases of transverse myelitis may be caused by certain vaccines.
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Mounting scientific evidence suggests that a number of cases of TM may be caused by certain vaccines.

Free Vaccine Injury Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has contracted Transverse Myelitis or other adverse health condition after receiving a vaccine, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What are the signs & symptoms of Transverse Myelitis?

Typical signs and symptoms of Transverse Myelitis usually develop rapidly over a period of hours and include:

  • Weakness of the legs and/or arms – Depending on the level of involvement within the spinal cord, coordination, and strength in the extremities may be affected.
  • Sensory alteration – Patients typically report numbness, tingling, coldness, burning sensations, and sensitivity to touch.
  • Pain – Unfortunately, up to 50% of those diagnosed with TM report pain as the first symptom of the disorder. It can be localized to the back, or appear as a sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the legs, arms or around the midsection.
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction – Some patients report an increased frequency or urge to urinate or defecate, incontinence, difficulty voiding, sensation of incomplete evacuation or constipation.

Other more subtle signs and symptoms may include (but are not limited to):

  • Muscle spasms, especially in your legs
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Having TM can significantly impact your ability to perform normal everyday tasks. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Transverse Myelitis can be extremely serious, so be sure to have your condition checked out as soon as possible.

Transverse Myelitis Symptoms

A number of therapies may help treat transverse myelitis, including:

  • Intravenous steroids – Patients with TM will likely receive steroids through a vein in their arm (intravenously, or “IV”) over the course of several days. Steroids can help reduce inflammation in the spinal column.
  • Plasma exchange therapy – Patients who fail to respond to IV steroids may require plasma exchange therapy. This involves removing the plasma in which blood cells are suspended and replacing it with special fluids.
  • Antiviral medications – Some people who have a viral infection of the spinal cord (intramedullary abscesses) may receive treatment with prescription medicines to help treat the virus.
  • Pain medications – Severe pain is a common side effect of transverse myelitis. Drugs that may decrease muscle pain include common pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve.)

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