Pfizer: electric shocks, burns… what is Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a secondary effect of the vaccine?

The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) prepared a report in March 2022 on the monitoring of adverse events after vaccination against Covid-19 with Pfizer-BioNTech.

Electric shocks, constrictions… unpleasant symptoms identified in some patients who have received the Pfizer vaccine, also known as “Comirnaty”. In fact, the ANSM experts carried out a new analysis in March 2022 of the cases declared since the start of vaccination following the evaluation made in the report 18 published on September 24, 2021. In total, 43 cases of Parsonage-Turner syndrome were reported, including 27 during the period.

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What is Parsonage-Turner Syndrome?

Also called amyotrophic neuralgia, this syndrome corresponds to inflammation of the brachial plexus, that is, a set of nerves, which is located between the shoulder and the clavicle. This condition mainly affects men around the age of 40.

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

What the cases have shown

All reported cases were reviewed and discussed with an expert neurologist. 18 remained on the bench, due to lack of elements. Of the remaining 25 cases, 7 occurred after the first dose, 14 after the second dose, and 4 after the booster. Of these 25 cases, 9 cases are recovered or in the process of recovery, 14 are not recovered, one is recovered with sequelae and in one case the information is not known, specifies the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products in its update of March. 19, 2022.

The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products has recorded 8 cases of a particular form, either in its clinical expression (focal form, atypical form, onset form), or in its context of occurrence (relapse in a person with a history of Parsonage-Turner, from which he had fully recovered); one case refers to a contralateral Parsonage-Turner syndrome of the vaccinated arm, one case refers to a Parsonage-Turner syndrome occurring in a postpartum context (period considered to be at risk for such pathology), 2 cases mention the existence of a trauma. This new analysis confirms that theA role for the vaccine cannot be excluded.

My Vaccines Supplemental Information

In general, the number of adverse events after vaccination is very low compared to the large number of people vaccinated. The periodic publication of follow-up data on post-vaccination adverse events is a guarantee of transparency. However, a post-vaccination adverse event is not synonymous with an adverse event attributable to the vaccine, although the two terms are often used interchangeably.

Let us remember that if on a given date one million people received a placebo (inactive preparation that substitutes a drug) instead of a vaccine, we could observe in the following six weeks from 1 to 7 deaths, from 2 to 5 cases of syndrome of Guillain-Barré and 30 to 90 cases of optic neuritis; per 10,000 pregnant women, the expected number of spontaneous abortions is 170. These average figures are probably highly variable according to time and place, time the site MonthVacunas.net.

What are the symptoms that should alert you?

Parsonage-Turner syndrome results in sudden swelling, appearing especially at night, and will lead to severe pain in the shoulder and neck, skin tenderness, but also tightness and burning sensation, electric shock.

As for treatment, it is fundamentally based on the administration of cortisone by the doctor. Among alternative medicines, acupuncture and auriculotherapy are effective in reducing pain, since they act on the pain control of these nerves, says Dr. Gilles Mondolini, a sports doctor, osteopath and acupuncturist, in the Women’s Journal.

Already in January, the ANSM had identified several side effects linked to the Pfizer vaccine:

  • pain, skin reaction (redness), swelling at the injection site
  • headache
  • fatigue, fever, chills
  • muscle or joint pain
  • digestive disorders
  • appearance of lymph nodes
  • allergic reaction (urticaria, facial swelling, etc.)

Please note that health professionals or vaccinated people can report on the site signage.social-sante.gouv.fr/ any immediate or delayed adverse effect after vaccination.

the form will be adapted to collect additional vaccine-related data when adverse reactions are reported.

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