Pfizer: “Calvary,” “excruciating pain,” suffering from Parsonage Turner Syndrome, they wonder about the vaccine

The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Healthcare Products (ANSM) issued a report in March 2022 showing that the vaccine’s role in the occurrence of Parsonage Turner Syndrome in certain individuals who have received one or more doses of , cannot be ruled out Pfizer.

Paralysis, electric shocks… uncomfortable or even disabling symptoms observed in some patients who received the Pfizer vaccine, also known as “Comirnaty”. ANSM experts conducted a new analysis of cases reported since vaccination began in March 2022 following the assessment conducted in the report published on September 24, 2021. All in all 43 cases of Parsonage Turner Syndrome were reported, 27 of them during the reporting period. In September 2021, the ANSM named six cases.

A new pharmacovigilance ‘potential signal’ for messenger RNA vaccines: Parsonage-Turner syndrome (a severe and sudden pain in the shoulder followed by possible paralysis).

6 severe cases for Pfizer and 2 cases for Moderna were identified.

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We have therefore given the floor to individuals who have recently been diagnosed with this syndrome by a doctor, with supporting medical evidence. It should be noted that a good number of cases have indicated that they do not object to vaccination against Covid.

What is Parsonage Turner Syndrome?

Also called amyotrophic neuralgia, this syndrome corresponds Inflammation of the brachial plexus, a group of nerves located between the shoulder and collarbone. This condition mostly affects men in their 40s.

Three phases follow each other: first an inflammatory phase that causes severe pain in the shoulder, then a decrease in muscle strength and finally a loss of muscle mass.

Can we really establish a causal link with the vaccine?

All cases reported by the ANSM were reviewed and analyzed with an experienced neurologist. 18 remained on the bench for lack of elements. Of the remaining 25 cases 7 cases of Parsonage-Turner syndrome occurred after the first dose, 14 after the second dose and 4 after the booster dose. One case in particular reports contralateral parsonage-turner syndrome in the vaccinated arm. This new analysis confirms this the role of the vaccine can be questioneddescribes the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products, which gives us “potential signals”.

An ordeal that rots my daily life

* Élise, 62 years old with no comorbidity, received her third injection from Pfizer in the fall of 2021. she testifies “Since last September I have been suffering from excruciating pain in my right shoulder. At first I didn’t understand the context and thought I made a wrong move. My rheumatologist then told me that I might have Parsonage Turner Syndrome and recommended that I wear braces. I only lie on one side and have trouble getting dressed. I do not know what to do”.

The impact of parsonage turner symptom on everyday life seems very present and difficult for some to manage. *Anna, 30, tells us about her difficulties putting on her shoes or even… basting a sheet. She has been unable to work for two weeks.

All gestures are painful

* Laurine received her second dose of Pfizer in May 2021. She tells us that she “shooting pains at night” and regrets that her physiotherapy sessions are not effective. Parsonage-Turner syndrome hinders her on a daily basis, especially in the practice of physical and sports activities. A real frustration for this young woman who has the energy to resell.

Electric shocks without end, day and night

His testimony is unique. * Mégane suffers from it peripheral neuropathy, a disease involving dysfunction of neurons in the nervous system. It should be noted that she did not contract this disease after being vaccinated against the coronavirus. On the other hand, she says that since her Pfizer injection in her right arm in February 2021, she has had the same symptoms as Parsonage Turner Syndrome. “I’m untouchable… electric shocks all the time, day and night… I feel like I’m being torn apart. Also, my shoulder blade is down.” She sends us a photo, hoping a doctor can help her and make an accurate diagnosis.

Mégane’s right shoulder blade is lower than the left.
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However, they are not against the vaccine, they wonder

These side effects after vaccination raise doubts. “I’ve never been against the vaccine. However, there is reason to ask questions…” * Nathalie, 45, from Montpellier, received her three doses of the vaccine. In very good health and athletic, she is surprised to have been “very weak” since then. “I’ve tried everything, acupuncture, osteopath… but nothing helped”. Inflammation in his shoulder ‘screws up his life’ for almost a year. For her as for otherschance is great“. She can’t believe the vaccine didn’t play a part in her mishap.

Lack of aftercare, minimizing the state of health…

Vaccinated by Pfizer in February 2021, * Renaud, a doctor in Vaucluse, lost partial use of his left shoulder – corresponding to the injection site – after his second dose. Pain, muscle wasting… together with his doctor, they decide to report his symptoms to the ANSM. He then contacted the regional pharmacovigilance center in Marseille, which was unable to give him any details.

Finally, in July 2021, a neurologist diagnosed him with an almost complete loss of muscle activity in the deltoid and a Parsonage-Turner syndrome, in the post-inflammatory phase. Unfortunately, “there is a high probability that muscle mass will never return.” Today he regrets the lack of follow-up by the health authorities. Like many others, he wants to see more clearly.

So, are the vaccine and parsonage turnet syndrome really linked?

website My vaccines temporise: “Overall, the number of adverse events after vaccination is very low compared to the very high number of vaccinated people. Regular publication of surveillance data on post-vaccination adverse events is a guarantee of transparency.” A post-vaccination adverse event is not synonymous with an adverse reaction attributable to the vaccine, although the two terms are often used interchangeably.”

We also interviewed several rheumatologists in the Montpellier region, who all agree that since the start of the Covid vaccination campaign, cases of parsonage-turner syndrome have been detected in their patients, but that it has been impossible for them to establish a direct link to it their vaccination status, especially as this is confidential data that the patient does not have to disclose unless there is a medical need.

The main causes of this syndrome that are often found are: an infectious factor (viral infection), Vaccines that can disrupt the immune systemTattoos that show bacteria or even great stress,” reveals Dr. Gilles Mondoloni to the women’s magazineSports medicine doctor and osteopath in Paris.

How is Parsonage Turner Syndrome treated?

The only way to get rid of this pain is take analgesics and corticosteroids during the acute phases to relieve pain. However, if this pain persists and bothers you on a daily basis, it is advisable to see a physiotherapist who will rehabilitate this part of the body.

This pain resolves spontaneously over a period of time that varies depending on the case (from a week to several years), but there is a risk of recurrence and subsequent motor damage Hello doctor.

Note that healthcare professionals or vaccinated individuals on the signalement.social-sante.gouv.fr/ any immediate or delayed side effects after vaccination. The reporting form will be modified to collect additional vaccine-related data when reporting adverse reactions.

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