Myositis Vaccine Injury Cases
What is Myositis?
Myositis means inflammation of the muscles that you use to move your body. An injury, infection, or autoimmune disease can cause it. Two specific kinds are polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Polymyositis causes muscle weakness, usually in the muscles closest to the trunk of your body. Dermatomyositis causes muscle weakness, plus a skin rash. Other symptoms include fatigue after walking or standing, tripping or falling, and trouble swallowing or breathing.
What is the prognosis?
Prognosis for the different forms of myositis vary greatly and often depend on the presence of other conditions, such as interstitial lung disease or certain autoantibodies.
For dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and necrotizing myopathy, the progression of the disease is more complicated and harder to predict. More than 95 percent of those with DM, PM, and NM are still alive more than five years after diagnosis. Many experience only one period of acute illness in their lifetime; others struggle with symptoms for years.
What type of treatment is available?
Polymyositis (PM) is a highly treatable disease. Some people recover completely, while others experience greatly diminished symptoms for long periods of time. Several years of treatment to suppress the immune system may be necessary to achieve these results.
Those who don’t recover completely may need to continue on at least a low dose of medication to control the autoimmune attack of PM throughout their lives. Drugs that suppress the immune system are the mainstay of therapy for PM. The chart below describes the drugs and treatments commonly used in PM, how they work and their side effects. The most common drug used in the treatment of PM is usually a corticosteroid, such as prednisone.
Can various types of myositis be caused by vaccines?
Polymyositis, dermatomyositis, myositis and other related diseases have been known to be triggered by infections and vaccines. Many studies have evaluated whether vaccines actually cause myositis and its family of diseases. While there are no studies to suggest a definitive causal connection between vaccines and myositis, many of the studies do associate a causal connection, and there are many instances where the vaccine was the only preceding causal agent to a person’s myositis diagnosis. At Green & Schafle, we use highly qualified and skilled medical experts to explain how the vaccine can and does cause a person’s myositis.
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