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Guillian Barre' Syndrome and flu shot and Fibromyalgia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 25, 2013
  • 07:20 PM

I was diagnosed with Guillain Barre' in Jan/09. I was completely paralyzed and on a respirator for nearly ten months. I was hospitalized for two years. I recovered some mobility but am left using a power wheelchair, foot-drop, claw hands,and chronic nerve pain. I was told by my neurologist that this autoimmune disease, which destroyed the myelin on the nerves, was triggered as a result from my getting a flu shot. I have since, read articles and heard from other sources of this connection. Always, it is made to sound that this is extremely rare and full recovery is expected. Well, not so in my case. My question is, are there others out there who have had a similar experience? Please reply if so. Also, many years prior to this, I had my first (and only other) flu shot. Not long after it, I began to have many odd symptoms. After a zillion tests, and beginning to think I was a hypochondriac, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Prior to this, I was a totally healthy person. Because of the huge increase of the people with Fibromyalgia, I am wondering if there may be a connection between it and the flu vaccine as well. If you have any information or have seen a correlation here, please reply. I just don't ever want anyone else to experience this nightmare and am still searching for answers. Thank you for your time.

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