Brachial neuritis is a rare but severe side effect of the tetanus shot and other vaccines. It causes severe shoulder pain, weakness, and even paralysis.
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Vaccines and Brachial Neuritis
Brachial neuritis after vaccination is an uncommon but serious side effect that causes severe shoulder and arm pain. Up to 15% of cases have been reported to occur after vaccinations.
The condition has been linked to many types of vaccines, especially those that contain toxoids, which are bacterial toxins that have been inactivated but still produce an immune response.
Sporadic case reports of brachial neuritis have been linked to the following vaccines:
- Flu vaccine
- HPV vaccine
- Hepatitis B
- Routine childhood vaccines (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, DTaP, DTP, Td, or TT)
- And more
What is Brachial Neuritis?
Brachial neuritis is a disease that causes sudden, severe pain in the shoulder that usually lasts for 3-10 days or weeks, followed by weakness and/or numbness that slowly but gradually recovers over 6-18 months.
It is caused by inflammation of the brachial plexus, which is where the nerve roots leave the cervical spine (in the neck) and combine to run down through the arm.
Symptoms of Brachial Neuritis
- Sudden shoulder pain not caused by an injury
- Pain in the shoulder or upper arm
- Pain that is piercing, sharp, or radiating, rather than dull or throbbing
- Symptoms only occur in one shoulder
- Pain lasts for days, followed by weakness and/or numbness
- Progressive muscle atrophy
- Limited range of motion
- Paralysis of the arm
Other Names for Brachial Neuritis
- Parsonage-Turner Syndrome
- Brachial Plexitis
- Brachial Plexopathy
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Brachial Neuropathy
- Acute Brachial Radiculitis
- Parsonage-Aldren-Turner Syndrome
- Brachial Plexus Neuropathy
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a program designed to help victims of vaccine injuries while shielding pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits.
Funded by a $0.75 excise tax on all vaccines, the VICP has paid out nearly $3 billion since 1989. Each claim is eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and more.
Brachial Neuritis and Tetanus Vaccine
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) added brachial neuritis to a list of side effects from tetanus-containing vaccines in 1997. The time period for the first symptom is 2-28 days after vaccines like DTaP, DTP, Td, or TT.
The VICP defines the condition as follows:
“A deep, steady, often severe aching pain in the shoulder and upper arm usually heralds onset of the condition. The pain is followed in days or weeks by weakness and atrophy in upper extremity muscle groups. Sensory loss may accompany the motor deficits, but is generally a less notable clinical feature. The neuritis, or plexopathy, may be present on the same side as or the opposite side of the injection; it is sometimes bilateral, affecting both upper extremities.”
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