What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) causes pain and stiffness in various muscles of the body. Most commonly, PMR affects the shoulders, arms, neck, lower back and thighs. People who are 50 and older are at higher risk to get Polymyalgia Rheumatica, but anyone can get it. Some reports find that vaccines trigger polymyalgia rheumatica.
Many cases where patients develop polymyalgia rheumatica after getting a vaccine have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is a database that contains all reports of negative side-effects following the administration of US-approved vaccines. The database is managed by the FDA and CDC, and it is used to detect rare side effects to vaccines that were not caught during clinical trials.
If you develop PMR after vaccination, you may be entitled to compensation from the federal government. If your case qualifies, our vaccine lawyers will represent you at no cost.
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Which Vaccines Are Linked to Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Vaccines are usually administered with no complication. Although, rarely, some reactions like polymyalgia rheumatica do occur.
Vaccines normally protect by activating the immune system. However, sometimes – and it’s not clear why this happens – the immune system becomes overactivated by a vaccine, and that is when the the risk of vaccine injury increases.
Vaccines linked to Polymyalgia Rheumatica are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR, PPV, DTaP and Varicella.
What are the Symptoms of Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Polymyalgia rheumatica symptoms develop very quickly, and tend to be worse in the morning. Symptoms include:
- Pain in the shoulders
- Pain in the upper arms, hips, thighs, neck, lower back, and/or buttocks
- Muscle stiffness in affected areas
- Reduced mobility in affected areas
- Similar symptoms in wrists, knees, or elbows
- Feeling tired or drowsy
- Lack of appetite, may be accompanied by sudden loss of weight
- Feeling down or depressed
- Being unable to sleep due to pain and/or stiffness
- Being unable to accomplish everyday tasks due to pain and/or stiffness
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How is Polymyalgia Rheumatica Treated?
To diagnose PMR, doctors require joint tests, neurological exams, blood tests, and/or MRI scans. Additionally, a proper diagnosis is required before treatment options are considered.
The most common treatment for PMR is a corticosteroid prescription, such as prednisone. However, corticosteroids produce very serious side effects such as cataracts, osteoporosis, and diabetes. For this reason, PMR treatment requires frequent follow-ups with your doctor to ensure that symptoms improve and that the side effects are not becoming too serious.
Additionally, other treatment options include immunosuppressants, physical therapy, changes in diet, and regular exercise. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might also recommend a combination of treatments.
Complications Caused by Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Polymyalgia rheumatica is a debilitating disease, and sometimes makes everyday tasks almost impossible to complete without help.
Basic activities such as getting out of bed, getting out of a chair, and even showering or bathing become very strenuous.
Individuals with PMR may suffer from inactivity, lack of sleep, depression, and poor social interactions due to the disease.
Additionally, PMR is associated with peripheral arterial disease and giant cell arteritis.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Developing Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Although virtually anyone can develop PMR, there are some demographic factors that increase risk of developing it. Individuals who are at greater risk of developing polymyalgia rheumatica are:
- Individuals over the age of 50 (especially between 70 and 80 years old)
- Individuals who are white/have European ancestry.
Am I Eligible for Compensation?
If you or a loved one develop polymyalgia rheumatica after getting a vaccine, you may be eligible to receive money from the government through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Our lawyers have successfully represented people who develop polymyalgia rheumatica after getting vaccines. Additionally, we obtained over $300 million dollars for vaccine injured clients in the last three years alone.
We can help you determine if your case is eligible for compensation and represent you in the federal vaccine court. Additionally, you never have to pay us a cent, even if we win your case.
There are no legal costs for an injured patient represented by Maglio, Christopher and Toale, P.A. When your case is complete, our law firm asks the court for reimbursement of the fees and costs incurred representing you. This reimbursement is separate from any money that you are awarded by the Federal Vaccine Court. So you never share ANY portion of your money for damages with our law firm.