Transverse Myelitis from a Vaccination
Transverse Myelitis can be caused by various vaccinations including Influenza, Human Papillomavirus virus (“HPV”), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (“MMR”), and Diphtheria Tetanus (“DTaP”). Specifically, a vaccination can trigger an autoimmune response targeting the myelin basic protein that provides a protective sheath around the body’s nerve fibers because of the structural similarity between components of the vaccine and the spinal cord.
Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, which often targets insulating material covering nerve cell fibers called myelin. The disrupted transmission of nerve signals due to transverse myelitis can cause pain or other sensory problems, weakness or paralysis of muscles, or bladder and bowel dysfunction.
The vaccine court has compensated many cases of transverse myelitis stemming from the vaccinations listed above. The national vaccine attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer currently represent multiple clients that suffered from transverse myelitis triggered by a vaccination.
Signs and symptoms of transverse myelitis usually develop over a few hours and worsen over a few days. Less commonly, signs and symptoms progress gradually over several days to weeks. Depending on the cause, one or both sides of the body may be affected.
Typical signs and symptoms include:
- Pain. Pain associated with transverse myelitis often begins suddenly in your neck or back, depending on the part of your spinal cord that's affected. Sharp, shooting sensations may also radiate down your legs or arms or around your abdomen.
- Abnormal sensations. Some people with transverse myelitis report sensations of numbness, tingling, coldness or burning. Some are especially sensitive to the light touch of clothing or to extreme heat or cold. You may feel as if something is tightly wrapping the skin of your chest, abdomen or legs.
- Weakness in your arms or legs. Some people with mild weakness notice that they're stumbling or dragging one foot or that their legs feel heavy as they move. Others may develop paralysis.
- Bladder and bowel problems. These problems may include an increased urinary urge, urinary incontinence, difficulty urinating and constipation.
If you or a loved one develop symptoms of transverse myelitis following vaccination, contact a physician immediately. Then contact My Vaccine Lawyer to learn more about the vaccine injury compensation program and protect your legal rights.