Nerves carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. There are two main kinds of nerve cells: motor nerves and sensory nerves. 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. Nerve damage injuries can be serious, as they 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, or myelin, is damaged. This can cause weakness, paralysis, or other issues.
Rarely, certain vaccines can cause nerve damage vaccine injuries, 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 optic nerve’s protective myelin, which helps the nerve 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 vaccine injuries 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), because 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.
What Vaccines Are Known to Cause Nerve Damage?
A number of vaccines can cause nerve damage or pain. The most common are:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus or Pertussis (DTap, DT, Td, Tdap, DTP-Hib)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Measles, Mumps, or Rubella (MMR, MMRV)
- Meningococcal (MPSV4, MCV4)
- Varicella/Chickenpox (VAR)
Nerve damage vaccine injuries may be serious, and you might be eligible for vaccine injury compensation. Take our free quiz now to find out if you qualify.
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 in arm after vaccine
- Numb arm after vaccine
- Loss of function in arm after vaccine
- Tingling in arm or hand after vaccine
- Pins and needles in arm after vaccine
See a doctor if you have signs of Brachial Neuritis, especially if any of these symptoms occur after a vaccine.
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.
Transverse Myelitis related to nerve damage vaccine injuries can include the following symptoms:
- Back pain after vaccine
- Bladder problems after vaccine
- Bowel problems after vaccine
- Limb weakness after vaccine
- Numbness after vaccine
- Trouble with coordination after vaccine
See a doctor if you have signs of Transverse Myelitis, especially if any of these symptoms occur after a vaccine.
How We Can Help With Your Nerve Damage and Pain Injury Claim
Nerve damage vaccine injuries 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 nerve damage vaccine injury. We will file your claim at no cost to you, and provide you with individualized attention throughout the VICP process.