The two most common injuries related to vaccines are (1) shoulder injuries and (2) neurological injuries like CIDP. CIDP is a neurological injury that causes numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness. These symptoms occur because the body attacks the nerves that connect the hands, feet, legs, and arms to the brain. CIDP is often thought of as “chronic GBS”, GBS is another neurological injury related to vaccines, however, CIDP is a different condition.
The link between vaccines and nerve damage was made clear during the 1976 swine flu pandemic. To combat the spread of swine flu, a nationwide immunization program was put into place. During that period, reports of cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) increased. Even though the cases linked to the flu vaccine were returned to normal, it was still concerning.
There is a medical science that supports the link between vaccines, especially the flu shot, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD).
What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)?
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy is a rare neurological condition where the protective covering of nerves (myelin sheath) are attacked and damaged. The nerves that are attacked in CIDP are generally those in the arms, hands, legs, and feet.
The myelin acts like insulation to a wire. If you damage the insulation surrounding a wire, then electricity has trouble running through that wire. Damage to the myelin affects how fast the nerve signals are sent to other organs. A lower transmission of nerve signals leads to nerve fiber loss.
CIDP causes slow motor function in the legs and arms, paralysis, and weakness.
Have problems with the ability to feel, sensory disturbance, is another symptom of CIDP.
Often motor and sensory symptoms of CIDP affect both sides of the body. How severe the symptoms become vary between patients with CIDP.
CIDP is closely related to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, an inflammatory or autoimmune attack on the brain. There are two key differences between GBS and CIDP. GBS has a rapid onset after vaccination, usually within 3 to 4 weeks and the symptoms get worse fast, but the condition often resolves. The onset of CIDP occurs about 3 to 4 weeks also, but the condition develops slower than GBS and often chronic. The second big difference is that CIDP usually begins with weakness, whereas GBS starts with numbness and tingling.
The exact cause of CIDP is still unknown. However, there are indicators that CIDP is an autoimmune disease. When provoked by a flu vaccine, symptoms of GBS develop within several days to weeks after vaccination.
CIDP Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of vaccine caused CIDP usually start 3 to 4 weeks after vaccination. The symptoms of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy progress slowly. It starts with weakness in the hip muscles, shoulders, and feet. It also impacts the nerve signals, causing impairment in motor function. There are other symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, and a lack of coordination. Some patients experience loss of sensation while their muscle strength remains normal. Others experience both nerve and sensory impairment.
Other symptoms of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy can also include pain, fatigue, double vision, or difficulty swallowing.
Flu Vaccine and CIDP Reaction
Every the flu shot contains certain proteins that, in some people, can trigger the development of CIDP. While the reaction is rare, it does happen, and developing a condition like chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is scary for both the victims and their families.
There are peer-reviewed case studies in the scientific literature linking CIDP to the influenza vaccine The general idea is that if the actual influenza virus can cause CIDP, those very same proteins contained in the vaccine can also trigger the condition.
CIDP is a rare disease that can affect any person of any age group. The average age of onset is 50. The disorder affects males twice as often as females. Flu vaccination is recommended for older generations, and thus there are more cases of CIDP linked to vaccination among the elderly.
One study reveals the history of a 74-year-old man who had no previous neurological disorders but who started showing symptoms of CIDP two days after receiving the flu shot. Another study tells the story of a 78-year-old male whose doctors discovered GBS in his childhood. The signs were triggered by his flu vaccination, which further developed into CIDP disorder.
We determined the frequency of recurrent Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), whether vaccinations led to recurrences of GBS or an increase of disability in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) and we assessed the prevalence of pain, fatigue and the impact on quality of life after GBS and CIDP. Additionally, we assessed the presence of common auto-immune disorders. Four hundred and sixty-one members of the Dutch society of neuromuscular disorders received a questionnaire.
Two hundred and forty-five GBS and seventy-six CIDP patients were included (response rate 70%). Nine patients had a confirmed recurrent GBS, and two patients had experienced both GBS and CIDP. Common auto-immune diseases were reported in 9% of GBS and 5% of CIDP patients.
None of the 106 GBS patients who received a flu vaccination (range 1-37 times, total 775 vaccinations) reported a recurrence thereafter. Five out of twenty-four CIDP patients who received a flu vaccination (range 1-17 times) reported an increase in symptoms. Pain or severe fatigue was reported in about 70% of patients after the diagnosis of GBS (median 10 years) or after onset of CIDP (median 6 years), and quality of life was significantly reduced. Flu vaccinations seem relatively safe. GBS and CIDP patients often experience pain, fatigue and a reduced quality of life for many years after the diagnosis.
CIDP Diagnosis and Treatment
Because the symptoms of CIDP vary and slowly get worse over time, many people do not go to the doctor until the signs become severe.
Diagnosis of the condition involves a combination of symptoms and objective testing. For an accurate diagnosis and therapy, a test called an EMG must show that there is a damage to the nerves. Other tests include doing a spinal tap and a nerve biopsy.
Treatment of both CIDP and GBS usually begins with corticosteroids (prednisone) to regain lost strength and mobility. Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin treatment or plasma exchange has been successful in treating both CIDP and GBS. Progressive symptoms could require physical therapy and additional treatments.
CIDP is often a chronic condition. Long term treatment with steroids can cause mood changes and brittle bones.
Besides flu shots, which other vaccines are linked to GBS and CIDP?
Even though the cause for GBS and CIDP is unknown, there have been several cases of patients diagnosed with GBS or CIDP after receiving vaccinations. GBS and CIDP are linked to these vaccinations:
What are the long-term symptoms of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy?
While symptoms vary between vaccine-injured patients, those diagnosed with CIDP or GBS can experience severe symptoms, including paralysis, double vision, and chronic fatigue. Complications are also possible, including difficulty swallowing and respiratory failure. Due to symptoms worsening, some patients may require ongoing medical care. The financial burden, in this case, can be substantial.
Can vaccine-injured patients seek financial compensation for GBS and CIDP?
Yes. Patients diagnosed with GBS and CIDP following vaccination are entitled to financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The VICP pays compensation for CIDP and vaccines, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Loss of earnings
For patients diagnosed with CIDP or GBS, speaking with an experienced vaccine-injury lawyer is the first step toward compensation and financial recovery.
What should I do if I feel my CIDP is linked to a vaccine?
- Get help immediately. If you develop CIDP the very first thing you need to do is stabilize your condition.
- File a VAERS report. The video above shows how and why you need to report your injury to VAERS.
- Call Sadaka Associates. We have over 15-years of experience handling complex vaccine injury cases. In this particular field, experience matters. We are one of the very few firms that have over 15 years of litigating these complex matters.
We can help victims of vaccine caused CIDP receive the compensation they deserve
If you or your loved one has experienced CIDP or GBS symptoms following immunization, time is of the essence. While you can file claims on your own, the process is time-consuming and complicated. To avoid the hassle, we encourage you to consult with a professional firm specializing in vaccine-injury cases.
Some of the things we can do for you:
- Receive compensation for past and future pain and suffering.
- Receive reimbursement for past out of pocket medical expenses related to CIDP.
- Develop a life care plan for your future care and needs related to your CIDP diagnosis.
At SadakaFirm, we have expertise in scientific and legal analysis. Vaccine injury cases are complex and require a thorough understanding of medical terms and science to formulate a successful plan for your case.
CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
Estimated $3 million + total settlement, including $1,550,996 lump sum award and an annuity contract, for adult male who suffered from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) after receiving an influenza vaccine
CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
Estimated $750,000 + total settlement, including $257,280 lump sum award and an annuity contract, for adult male who suffered from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy after receiving an influenza vaccine
GBS AND CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
$5,328,078.77 total settlement including life care expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering for a 40 year old man from North Carolina who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome or GBS and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy or CDIP as a result of the influenza vaccination.
GBS AND CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
$110,000.00 total settlement for a 32 year old woman from Wausau Wyoming who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome or GBS and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or CDIP as a result of the influenza vaccination.
CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
$682,870.65. total settlement which includes first-year life care expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and past unreimbursable expenses compensation for a 56 year old Texas man who developed Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy or CIDP as a result of receiving influenza vaccination.
CIDP AFTER HEPATITIS A VACCINE
$748,258.77 total settlement which includes first-year life care expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and past unreimbursable expenses compensation for a nine year old boy from Wisconsin who developed Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy or CIDP as a result of receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine.
CIDP AFTER FLU VACCINE
$55,000.00 total settlement for a 65 year old man from Ohio who developed chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or CIDP as a result of the influenza vaccination. He passed away from unrelated causes during the pendency of this case.
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