Brachial Neuritis

Brachial Neuritis is a type of peripheral neuropathy affecting the nerves in the brachial plexus in humans. Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that manifests through pain or loss of function in the nerves that carry signals between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. In brachial neuritis, the nerve damage occurs in the brachial plexus, an area between the spinal cord and the shoulder, arms, and hands.

Other medical terms to refer to brachial neuritis are brachial neuropathy, brachial plexus injury, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, or neuralgic amyotrophy. It is a condition that occurs rather suddenly and without warning symptoms. Brachial neuritis symptoms mainly manifest in the brachial plexus’s lower nerves, located in the arms and hands.

Medical science considers brachial neuritis to be a relatively rare condition.

Types of Brachial Neuritis

There are two types of brachial neuritis:

  • Acute brachial neuritis occurs unexpectedly and without a known cause. Sharp and intense pain in the brachial plexus nerves is a common symptom, which gradually turns into weakness and numbness. The occurrence of acute brachial neuritis is still unknown.
  • A brachial plexus injury is a form of neuritis caused by an injury. The pain and loss of function to the brachial plexus nerves manifest as symptoms of that injury. The brachial plexus’ damage can occur in multiple ways, such as sports injuries, car accidents, or injuries to babies passing through the birth canal.

Cause of Brachial Neuritis

There is currently no scientific proof for the cause of brachial neuritis. In some cases, the condition can be connected to a separate illness or injuries suffered elsewhere. Other times, acute brachial neuritis comes up unexpectedly with no explanation.

The lack of knowledge about the cause of brachial neuritis has prevented the development of effective treatments.

Do Vaccines Cause Brachial Neuritis?

The cause of brachial neuritis remains unknown, but people have developed brachial neuritis as an adverse reaction to various vaccines. As a result, brachial neuritis is one of the recognized vaccine injuries that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) covers.

While most of the brachial neuritis cases in vaccinated patients directly correlate with the tetanus vaccine, other vaccines can cause a similar reaction. This is especially true for patients that have an adverse reaction to the following:

Symptoms

The most apparent symptoms of brachial neuritis include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden, intense, sharp pain in the arm or shoulder area
  • The pain manifesting on only one side of the body
  • The pain may subside after anywhere between a few hours or a few days and will slowly turn into a feeling of weakness, limpness, and, in some extreme cases, paralysis of the muscles in the arm or shoulder
  • Loss of muscle control in the arm and shoulder area
  • Loss of sensation and feeling in the arm and shoulder area

How long the symptoms last is random and depends on the individual. In general, the symptoms will slowly start to disappear and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to completely go away.

Treatment

Since most of the symptoms of brachial neuritis tend to disappear on their own over time, the treatment generally has two approaches:

  • Pain management for the patients until the symptoms subside.
  • Surgery is an option for those whose brachial neuritis occurred due to an injury or an illness.

The pain management approach involves prescribing corticosteroids to increase pain tolerance in patients. Ideally, the pain will subside over time, and corticosteroid therapy can stop.

Patients who suffered extensive nerve damage in the brachial plexus due to an injury will have to undergo surgery to repair the brachial plexus area’s nerve damage.

On a side note, patients who suffer from brachial neuritis can make certain lifestyle changes and improvements in their diet to lessen the pain. A healthy diet and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes is a great start for some. Staying active and working with a physiotherapist should improve the condition as well. Many patients seek pain relief in relaxation methods, such as yoga and meditation.

FAQ

What is brachial neuritis, and what causes it?

The cause of the condition is unknown, but the occurrence of brachial neuritis has been linked to an adverse reaction to certain vaccines or injuries sustained to the brachial plexus.

What are the treatment options for brachial neuritis?

Most of the symptoms subside over time, and pain is managed through corticosteroid therapy. Patients with brachial neuritis as a symptom of fresh or existing injuries are ideal candidates for surgery to repair the nerve damage.

If you or your loved ones notice a brachial neuritis vaccine injury, it is of utmost importance to immediately see your doctor for a check-up. The doctor will note your symptoms and check your muscle strength, reflexes and feeling in your arm.

Brachial neuritis caused by vaccines is one of the conditions that is eligible for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and you could qualify for compensation.

Reach out to our professional team at Sadaka Associates. We have years of experience working in the vaccine injury legal framework, and we will help guide you through the process of applying and claiming compensation from the NVICP. Call today to book a consultation and get informed about your rights and options.

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