Your CIDP Disease Could Be From a Vaccine
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is a rare type of autoimmune disorder.
What many people don’t know is that your CIDP disease could be a result of a vaccine reaction or injury. When a vaccine causes this chronic illness, it can significantly alter your life. At My Vaccine Lawyer, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What is CIDP Disease?
A neurological disorder, CIDP disease causes weakness and decreased sensations in your limbs.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder where your body's immune system attacks your peripheral nerves. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is the chronic form of GBS.
To understand typical CIDP, you need to first learn about your Myelin sheath’s role in your body. Myelin is an insulating layer of proteins and fat. This layer forms around your nerve fibers, including the ones in your spinal cord and brain. Myelin protects your nerves and their ability to transmit body signals quickly.
When something damages your myelin, your nerves lose their protection. This can damage your peripheral nervous system and disrupt the signals between your nerves and brain. Disruption of these signals leads to sensory loss, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or paralysis in the limbs, resulting in difficulty walking.
CIDP is an autoimmune disease that causes your body's immune system to attack your myelin sheath. A foreign infection can trigger this immune response. Unfortunately, the flu shot and other common vaccines in the United States act as foreign infections that can cause this rare disease, CIDP.
Damage of your nerves from CIDP disease disrupts the signals between your limbs and brain.
This disruption can lead to sensory symptoms and other CIDP symptoms such as:
- Tingling or numbness (beginning in the toes and fingers)
- Weakness of the arms and legs
- Loss of deep tendon reflexes (areflexia)
- Abnormal sensations
- Respiratory difficulty
- Loss of muscle strength
- Vision complications
- Loss of sensory function
Usually, CIDP symptoms start in the legs and progress up the body to the head and the arms. But CIDP disease is different from a shoulder-related vaccine injury (SIRVA).
CIDP disease and symptoms are most common in young adults, specifically males. If you started experiencing CIDP symptoms shortly after receiving a vaccine, these events could be linked.
You Could Get Compensated for Your CIDP Disease
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) compensates individuals for vaccine-induced injuries like CIDP.
All vaccine injuries are overwhelming. But we understand how daunting it can feel to be faced with a lifetime of chronic illness suddenly. If you experienced CIDP disease from a vaccine, we will navigate you through the VICP process – and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Compensation for CIDP Disease
Did you or a loved one contract CIDP disease after a vaccine? Don’t hesitate to contact My Vaccine Lawyer today.
If you’re just discovering that a vaccine could’ve caused your CIDP disease, you may just be learning about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) as well.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation program is set up to compensate victims of vaccine injuries. A special vaccine injury court handles these cases, which are different from a traditional lawsuit. The VICP settles vaccine-injury cases without holding the vaccine manufacturer or administrator responsible.
A tax on vaccines worldwide funds the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. If you receive a settlement from the VICP, it comes from this fund. The VICP fund also covers your lawyer fees – so there’s no cost to you to work with our expert team.
How to Report Vaccine-Induced CIDP
At My Vaccine Lawyer, our priority is ensuring you receive the care you need. If you’re experiencing CIDP symptoms, contact your doctor immediately to get treatment.
When you visit your doctor, there are a few steps to take to ensure your vaccine injury gets documented. These details and reports could provide evidence of your case in the vaccine court.
Take these four steps to report vaccine-induced CIDP disease:
- Get very specific about any recent vaccinations: tell your doctor exactly where and how long ago you received them.
- File a VAERS report. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is the system that the CDC and FDA use to track vaccine injury cases.This report could serve as evidence when you submit a claim to the VICP.
- Contact us to file a vaccine injury claim. Once you've been medically treated, we can start your process for compensation. Our experienced team expertly helps you navigate the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
If you act quickly, you could receive compensation from the VICP. But there is a limited time to file your claim, so don't wait to reach out to our expert team.
What causes CIDP Disease?
The cause of natural cases of CIDP is not definitively known. Unlike Guillain-Barre syndrome, there is usually no infection preceding CIDP disease. There does not seem to be a genetic link to CIDP. However, cases of CIDP have been linked to common vaccinations like flu shots.
By nature, vaccine agents are foreign to your body. When it responds properly, your immune system recognizes the vaccine agent as foreign. It should destroy this foreign agent and store it in its memory. Then, when an actual and dangerous version of the agent is met, your body would, in theory, know how to fight it off.
CIDP disease occurs when your body doesn’t react to the foreign agent (vaccine) in the intended way. A few of the common vaccines that are linked to triggering CIDP are…Seasonal influenza vaccine – the flu shot
Tetanus shot, or DTaP immunization
Measles, mumps, and rubella immunization (MMR vaccine).
While vaccines are crucial for keeping yourself and your family safe, there are risks – just like any other medical procedure. Although it's rare, each of these vaccines could potentially trigger CIDP disease.
Is SIRVA permanent?
Many people wonder if SIRVA goes away or if the pain and discomfort you’re feeling is permanent. In mild cases of SIRVA, you’ll likely recover after a full course of physical therapy. But for more serious injuries, you may need more intense or long-term SIRVA treatment.
Treatment for shoulder injuries is similar to other non-vaccine-related shoulder injuries. Your orthopedist will likely recommend physical therapy with exercises for SIRVA treatment around 2-3 times per week for 3 months.
If physical therapy doesn’t resolve your shoulder pain, your orthopedist may recommend other SIRVA treatments options like:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Cortisone injections (often called a Corticosteroid injection)
Over the counter pain medication
Steroid injections can relieve inflammation and help you regain your range of motion. But sometimes, this relief is only temporary. If the damage is substantial enough, you may need surgery to remove the bursa or repair the tendons.
CIDP Diagnostic Criteria and Treatment Options
To get an early diagnosis of CIDP, your doctor will usually prescribe an Electromyography test (“EMG”).
An EMG can determine the functional state of the nerves. They may also order a spinal tap to test your spinal fluid for infection.
In severe cases, CIDP patients suffer from paralysis within their diaphragm. This could lead to necessary intubation to support your respiratory system.
Unfortunately, CIDP disease is chronic – meaning it usually doesn’t go away completely. In some cases, the disease could cause progressive weakness, meaning it continues to get worse over time. But there are some CIDP treatment options that can help.
According to the CIDP foundation, the most common CIDP treatments are...
- Plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) – a blood filtering process wherein antibodies are removed from the bloodstream.
- Intravenous Immunoglobulin (“IVIG”) therapy – A blood treatment process that uses immune globulin to neutralize antibodies and relieves inflammation.
- Therapies using monoclonal antibodies.
Besides these blood treatment processes, a doctor may recommend you try a clinical trial, or maintenance therapy like physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
For help navigating your claims process and building your case in the VICP, contact us today. We’re here to support you through the legal process, every step of the way.
I reached out to My Vaccine Lawyer after confirming I suffered from SIRVA. They were so helpful, understanding and thorough throughout the process. They were quick to respond, always answered the phone and I feel they fought to get me what I was entitled to. If you suffered from an injury then please call My Vaccine Lawyer. They will take care of you!
- Melissa Heffley, SIRVA Client