Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system and motor function. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the protective covering (myelin) over the nerve fibers. Damage to the myelin disrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body.
How the damage will affect the patient’s life depends on the nerves affected by the illness. In severe cases, patients lose the ability to walk. For now, multiple sclerosis has no cure, but some patients manage to make a full recovery.
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Causes of Multiple Sclerosis
The cause of MS is still a mystery, but studies have revealed many risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing the illness, including:
- Family history: Siblings or parents with MS increase the likelihood that you might develop the disease.
- Smoking: Smokers who develop MS are more likely to relapse after recovering compared to non-smokers.
- Age: People of all ages can develop MS, but the onset of the illness typically occurs between the ages of 20 and 40.
- Sex: Women with MS are more likely to relapse than men.
- Infections and autoimmune diseases: Epstein-Barr and other viral infections increase the risk of MS. Autoimmune disorders have the same effect, including pernicious anemia, psoriasis, thyroid disease, and type 1 diabetes.
- Race: People of Northern European descent are more likely to suffer from MS.
- Vitamin D: Low vitamin D increases the risk of MS.
Current studies indicate that no relationship exists between vaccinations and developing multiple sclerosis.
Reaction from Vaccines
For years, researchers have looked into the relationship between vaccines and MS. The two most prominent studies explored how vaccines for influenza, hepatitis B, and tetanus affected multiple sclerosis.
The initial study assessed 121,700 nurses between 1976 and 1989. Among the nurses, 192 developed MS, but the research showed no connection between their illness and the hepatitis B vaccinations received.
The second study monitored 643 patients with MS relapse symptoms between 1993 and 1997. Hepatitis B, tetanus, and influenza vaccines did not affect the patients’ relapse rates.
Another study also revealed that influenza vaccines do not exacerbate MS symptoms.
Despite the clear absence of a link between vaccines and MS, cases of people developing the illness after vaccinations do exist. If you believe a recent vaccine shot led to your multiple sclerosis diagnosis or worsened your condition, talk to our vaccine injury lawyer today.
Our vaccine injury attorneys at SadakaFirm will guide you through the process of a compensation claim.
Multiple Sclerosis Signs or Symptoms
MS symptoms vary from person to person, and the most obvious symptoms do not manifest until there is nerve damage. The location of the affected nerves determines the symptoms that will manifest, including:
- Numbness or weakness in limbs on one side of the body
- Lhermitte’s phenomenon (electric-shock sensations running from the back to the limbs)
- Loss of coordination and unstable posture
- Partial or complete loss of vision
- Painful eye movement
- Reduced sexual, bowel, and bladder function
- Blurry or double vision
- Slurred speech
- Tingling or pain in limbs
Some MS patients recover from symptoms then relapse, while others experience a lengthy remission without seeing symptoms return.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatments
MS does not have a cure, but treatments exist to manage symptoms and accelerate recovery from these attacks. Example treatments include immunosuppressants, physiotherapy, chemotherapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
The typical MS patient experiences repeated relapse and remission. During the relapse, they may experience new symptoms that last for days or weeks. Remission follows, and it lasts for months or years.
Around 50% of patients have secondary-progressive MS, while 10 to 15% have primary-progressive MS. Secondary-progressive MS patients experience relapsing-remitting MS, while primary-progressive MS patients recover fully and do not relapse.
Is MS caused by vaccines?
Current evidence does not show a conclusive link between multiple sclerosis and any vaccine. Some studies indicate that vaccinations might even prevent infections that could cause MS.
People have reported developing MS after a vaccination shot, however. If you believe a recent inoculation had something to do with your MS diagnosis, let our experienced vaccine injury lawyer evaluate your case.
Will I receive compensation if my illness is not on the Vaccine Injury Table?
The Vaccine Injury Table contains those recognized by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) that qualify for compensation. However, if an injury or illness is not on the table, such as multiple sclerosis, you can still seek compensation.
Our team helps clients who have off-table injuries. We prepare the case and file a petition before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. At the end of a successful process, you will receive reparation for your pain and suffering and compensation for your legal fees and other expenses.
What is the difference between on-table and off-table injuries?
Seeking compensation for off-table vaccine-related injuries is possible. It requires proving that the vaccination is responsible for the injury or illness, and this burden is on the petitioner.
The court will presume the vaccination caused an on-table injury if the petitioner shows the damage occurred within the timeframe prescribed by the Vaccine Injury Table.
Why is multiple sclerosis not on the Vaccine Injury Table?
The Vaccine Injury Table contains a list of vaccines and causal illnesses, and it undergoes frequent updates. For example, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) recently found a place on the list.
If more people report developing multiple sclerosis after vaccinations, it may eventually enter the table.
How SadakaFirm handles a Multiple Sclerosis Vaccine Injury
Do you suspect that a recent vaccination caused your MS diagnosis? Let SadakaFirm evaluate your claim for an off-table injury. We will provide you with honest feedback regarding your chances of compensation.
Our legal professionals also make the process of preparing and filing for compensation hassle-free, handling all the technicalities on your behalf. We have helped over 180 people receive fair compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their vaccination injuries.
Get in touch with us today to have your MS vaccine injury case analyzed by our qualified attorney.
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