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Vaccinations Can Cause Transverse Myelitis

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Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. The term myelitis refers to inflammation of the spinal cord; transverse simply describes the position of the inflammation, that is, across the width of the spinal cord. Attacks of inflammation can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibers. This damage causes nervous system scars that interrupt communications between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body.

Mayo Clinic - Signs and symptoms of transverse myelitis usually develop rapidly over a few hours and worsen over the course of a few days. Less commonly, signs and symptoms progress gradually over several days to weeks. Commonly, but not always, both sides of the body are affected. Typical signs and symptoms include sudden pain in the back or neck with occasional pain radiating down the legs, weakness in the arms or legs, sensations of numbness, tingling, coldness or burning, and/or bladder and bowel problems.

The National Vaccine Injury Program has compensated people who suffer from transverse myelitis caused by various vaccines. Transverse myelitis has been linked to several vaccines including the flu vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Tetanus vaccine, and Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The National Vaccine Attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer currently represent clients who were diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis following a vaccination.  Although most people with transverse myelitis have at least partial recovery, the process may take a year or more. Recovery strongly depends on the cause of transverse myelitis.

If you or a loved one received a vaccine and were diagnosed with this serious condition, please contact the vaccine attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer for a free consultation.