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Onset of GBS and CIDP Symptoms After a Vaccination

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) are neurological conditions that can result from a flu shot or other vaccination. GBS is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. CIDP is a similar inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nervous system and is considered the chronic counterpart of GBS. 

The classic initial symptoms of GBS and CIDP are numbness, weakness or tingling in the feet, legs and/or arms. Those sensations can spread to the arms and upper body and can sometimes develop into symptoms of paralysis. The symptoms of GBS typically develop fairly rapidly, over the course of a few days or even hours, while the symptoms of CIDP typically develop and progress more gradually, over the course of days and weeks.

When representing victims of GBS and CIDP in front of the Court of Federal Claims, establishing the onset of symptoms after the vaccination is vital element of proof that our client is entitled to compensation.  Our attorneys use a variety of evidence to establish onset and development of symptoms including sworn testimony, expert analysis and most importantly, documentation of symptoms through medical records.

With regard to GBS, the Court recognizes a time period of within 5 to 42 days after the vaccination for the onset of symptoms.  These symptoms typically manifests as a “rapidly ascending motor neuron paralysis. . . . It begins with paresthesias of the feet, followed by flaccid paralysis of the entire lower limbs.” Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary 1832 (32d ed.).  The symptoms of GBS usually appear suddenly and fully develop over a period of days.

With regard to CIDP, the Court looks for onset of symptoms within approximately six weeks after the vaccination.  However, as opposed to the rapid onset of GBS, the onset of CIDP typically manifests itself over a period of weeks or even months of increasing disability and symptomatology.

If symptoms began to develop outside of the time periods set forth above, it is not necessarily a bar to recovery, but will require additional evidence such as the opinion of a medical expert to prove causation and entitlement.

Should you begin to develop the above described symptoms following a flu shot or other vaccination, it is important to consult your doctor and let them know your exact symptoms.  This will increase your chances of early detection and proper treatment.  Please also consider contacting us as you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.   We have dedicated our careers to fighting for the victims of severe vaccine reactions including people who developed GBS or CIDP following a vaccination. If you believe you may have suffered an adverse reaction to a vaccine, please contact My Vaccine Lawyer at (800) 229-7704 for a free consultation.