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Thrombocytopenia: A low platelet count. Platelets are irregular, disc-shaped element in the blood that assists in blood clotting. thrombocytopenia can arise due to decreased production of platelets in the bone marrow or increased breakdown of platelets in the bloodstream, spleen, or liver. Thrombocytopenia is characterized by easy bruising and increased bleeding.
Lymphadenopathy: Abnormally enlarged lymph nodes. Commonly called "swollen glands."
Anaphylaxis: Allergic reaction. In severe cases, this can include potentially deadly anaphylactic shock.
Urticaria: Another name for the hives. Raised, itchy areas of skin that are usually a sign of an allergic reaction. Hives can be rounded or flat-topped but are always elevated above the surrounding skin. They reflect circumscribed dermal edema (local swelling of the skin). The hives are usually well circumscribed but may be coalescent and will blanch with pressure. The hives typically last less than 4 hours but they may stay for days or weeks. Approximately 20% of the population has experienced a bout of urticaria.
Angioedema: Like hives but affects deeper skin layer.
GBS: Guillain-Barré syndrome (often misspelled Guillain-Barre) is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.
Myelitis: Inflammation of the spinal cord.
Encephalomyelitis: Inflammation of both the brain and the spinal cord.
Myelitis, transverse: A disease of the spinal cord in which there is demyelination (erosion of the myelin sheath that normally protects nerve fibers). The onset of the disorder is typically sudden. Symptoms include back pain followed by ascending weakness in the legs. There is no cure. Many patients are left with permanent disabilities or paralysis. Transverse myelitis occurs alone and in combination with demyelination of other parts of the nervous system.
Bell's palsy: Paralysis of the facial nerve, the nerve that supplies the facial muscles on one side of the face. Bell's palsy is also called facial nerve paralysis.
Optic neuritis: inflammation of the optic nerve, the structure that connects the eye to the brain.
Optic neuropathy refers to damage to the optic nerve due to any cause.
Brachial neuritis: Inflammation of nerves in the arm causing muscle weakness and pain.
Syncope: Fainting, "blacking out," or syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness followed by the return to full wakefulness.
Paresthesia: An abnormal sensation of the skin, such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning, or creeping on the skin that has no objective cause.
Vasculitis: general term for a group of uncommon diseases that feature inflammation of the blood vessels.
Vasodilation: Widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxation of the muscular wall of the vessels. What widens is actually the diameter of the interior (the lumen) of the vessel. The opposite of vasoconstriction.
Dyspnea: Difficult or labored breathing; shortness of breath.
Dyspnea is a sign of serious disease of the airway, lungs, or heart. The onset of dyspnea should not be ignored but is reason to seek medical attention.
Pharyngitis: Inflammation of the pharynx (the hollow tube in the back of the throat about 5 inches long that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea). Pharyngitis is popularly known as a sore throat.
Rhinitis: Inflammation of the nose
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A serious systemic (bodywide) allergic reaction with a characteristic rash involving the skin and mucous membranes, including the buccal mucosa (inside of the mouth). The disease is due to a hypersensitive (allergic) reaction to one of a number of immunologic stimuli including drugs and infectious agents. Abbreviated SJS.
Asthenia: Weakness. Lack of energy and strength. Loss of strength.
Brachial Plexus Neuropathy: Inflammation of the nerves that carry signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hands.
Originally posted by jtma508
Before this vaccine thread takes-off with a life of its own I'd like to make a suggestion. Get the package insert from any number of pharmaceuticals and read them. You'll find the same scary stuff listed injust about every pharmaceutical manufactured. There is always some percentage of the population that will react adversly to just about anything. If people used the same criteria to judge the prescriptions they currently take to what people are saying about this vaccine, no one would be taking anything.