Your nerves carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Motor nerves tell your muscles to move, and sensory nerves bring messages to the brain that signal pain, pressure and other sensations.
Nerves are fragile and can be damaged easily. These injuries can stop the signals to and from the brain, causing muscles to stop working properly and loss of feeling in a body area. In some cases, the protective covering of nerves called myelin is damaged. This can cause weakness, paralysis or other issues.
Rarely, certain vaccines can cause nerve conditions, such as:
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). This condition is a sudden inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
- Brachial neuritis. Brachial neuritis affects nerves that control muscles in the shoulders, arms and hands.
- Guillain-Barré syndrome. This disorder causes the immune system to attack the peripheral nerves that go from the spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Optic neuritis. This occurs when inflammation damages the protective myelin covering of the optic nerve that sends visual information from the retina to the brain.
- Shoulder pain. Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA, happens when a vaccine is injected into the shoulder capsule instead of the deltoid muscle.
- Transverse myelitis. This condition causes the entire width of the spinal cord to become inflamed, resulting in weakness and numbness.
At this time, those who may have experienced nerve damage or pain as a result of a COVID-19 vaccine are not able to file a vaccine injury claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) as the COVID-19 vaccines are not covered by the VICP. The COVID-19 vaccines are currently covered by the Counter Measures Injury Compensation Program and you can get more information that program at https://www.hrsa.gov/cicp.
Brachial Neuritis and Vaccines
Brachial neuritis, also known as Parsonage-Turner syndrome, affects the brachial plexus, which contains nerves that control muscles in the shoulders, arms and hands.
Brachial neuritis sometimes happens after an infection, a surgery, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) or other tests or treatments. Rarely, it can result after a vaccine.
Symptoms can include:
- Burning sensation
- Loss of feeling
- Loss of function
- Severe, sharp pain
See a doctor if you have signs of brachial neuritis.
Transverse Myelitis and Vaccines
With transverse myelitis, the entire width of the spinal cord becomes inflamed, leading to weakness, tingling and other problems.
The condition is caused by infections, autoimmune disorders and damage to the nerve fibers caused by the loss of myelin, or the protective sheath around nerves. In rare cases, transverse myelitis is related to vaccines.
People with this condition can have symptoms such as:
- Back pain
- Bladder problems
- Bowel problems
- Limb weakness
- Trouble with coordination
If you have symptoms of this condition after a vaccination, see a doctor right away.
How We Can Help With Your Nerve Damage and Pain Injury Claim
Nerve damage and pain caused by a vaccine may be serious, and you might be eligible for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Sands Anderson vaccine injury attorneys have the skills and experience to get you compensation for your vaccine injury. We will file your claim at no cost to you, and provide you with individualized attention throughout the VICP process.