Protecting the Rights of Vaccine Injury Victims

Narcolepsy, or excessive uncontrollable daytime sleepiness, is a neurological disorder characterized by extreme daytime tiredness and fatigue due to brain irregularity in sleep-wake cycles. It is a rare condition, with an estimated 135,000 to 200,000 people diagnosed in the United States today.

Those who suffer from narcolepsy may experience:

  • Episodes of automatic behavior, such as talking or walking without conscious awareness

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Cataplexy

  • Sleep paralysis

  • Hallucinations

  • Insomnia

  • Sleep fragmentation and sleep loss

The Greenwood Law Firm can help compensate those affected by narcolepsy due to vaccination. Ten years of helping Americans file claims with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program proves that we can help you explore legal solutions facing any harm vaccination may have caused you or your loved ones.

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that entails extreme drowsiness and difficulty maintaining appropriate and healthy sleep patterns. After 60 to 90 minutes in a normal sleep cycle, a person enters rapid eye movement sleep (REM Sleep). This is a stage of sleep wherein the brain deactivates the body’s muscles to minimize movement during dreaming. For narcoleptics, however, REM sleep is entered only 15 minutes into the sleep cycle, causing a sensation of lethargy at significantly more frequent and intense rates than those not affected by it.

Treatment for Narcolepsy

Unfortunately, narcolepsy has no known cure. However, treating symptoms may be possible through medicine and lifestyle modifications. These forms of management include but are not limited to the following:

  • Regularity in sleep schedule

  • Abstinence from smoking

  • Stimulants

  • Antidepressants

  • Sodium oxybate

  • Wake-promoting medications

Treatment is vital for narcolepsy as it could otherwise significantly hinder individuals in performing tasks that require any level of focus. Lack of treatment may heavily harm a person’s function in social, psychological, and physical endeavors.

Can a Flu Shot Cause Narcolepsy?

Comprehensive epidemiological studies suggest that, although cases are rare, a potential connection between flu shot vaccination and narcolepsy very much does exist. Some studies suggest it is likely that one child vaccinated in every 55,000 develops narcolepsy; others say one child in every 18,000 does. If you or any loved ones have been vaccinated and experience any of the symptoms listed, please contact The Greenwood Law Firm to evaluate your grounds for a claim through a free consultation with our legal team.

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