Im looking for anyone who has come to have an auto immune disorder, AFTER having the Hepatitis B Vaccine. I began the vaccine in Nov. 2002. I am a Nurse in a Psychiatric Hospital, where we have a large number of patients with various forms of active Hepatitis. This vaccine was never ordered by a MD for me to take but suggested by the employee health Nurse, during my orientation. I read the information she provided to me ( I still have this) and NO WHERE on this information does it state, possible side effects could possibly lead to Systemic Lupus, chronic active Hepatitis or drug induced Systemic Lupus, which is possibly what I have. The ONLY thing listed for side effects are as follows "only 2 percent of those who have taken this vaccine have had an association with Guillain Barre Syndrome and some arthralgias".
I was perfectly healthy BEFORE this vaccine, never having taken any routine medication nor had any medical problems. This vaccine is the ONLY recent medication I have had. In the last 4 months (since having the 2nd vaccine in the series of 3), I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome; joint pain and swelling in ALL major joints (arthritis),shooting pain in my feet; pitting edema in feet; hypertension; headaches; dizziness; increased blurred vision; periods of confusion; tremors in extremities; numbness and tingling in hands and feet; restless leg syndrome; excessively dry skin and itching; increasing muscle weakness and problems with coordination, and insomnia.
I recently (about 8 weeks ago) began seeking medical attention for these complaints. the first MD, diagnosed me as having arthritis and gave me some medication without ANY diagnostic tests. The 2nd one, listened to me at least, and ordered some tests which revealed a Positive ANA; Homogenous type; Positive DNS-ds & ss as well as Histone Factor, 1:360 & CRP level of 7.2 which is HIGH. From the research I have done this is indicitive of having Systemic Lupus, chronic active Hepatitis OR drug induced Lupus. The 2nd MD sent me to a Rheumatologist that I saw today, and why it prompted me to seek help on the internet. The Rheumatologist does not believe I have any auto immune disease despite my history prior to this vaccine and despite my abnormal blood work, despite all the symptoms Ive listed above Ive had for the last 4 months. THIS Rheumatologist feels, if I "just loose some weight, most of these symptoms will disipate", since when does being overweight cause hair loss, tremors, numbness, blurred vision? ALL this blood work was re drawn TODAY ( he feels it is in error) and I HOPE he ordered additional testing. If he stills feels "nothing" is wrong with me after this, I will seek a MD until I find one who will listen to me.
In researching the symptoms of those who have been diagnosed with above illnesses, as well as MS,& Fibromyalgia. The "common link" to those who were perfectly healthy before to those who were diagnosed, were ALL after recieving the Hep. B Vaccine. The numbers are literally in the thousands, and Im sure even more as most of these cases were in 97, 98 & 99 with very few documented for 2000, 2001, 2002 that I can find online. In 95% of those cases, the MD refused to believe this Hep B vaccine "caused" these auto immune disorders too.
I would like to hear from others who have gone through this AFTER recieving this Hep. B Vaccine and having these similar symptoms, wheter you have been diagnosed with anything yet or not. If others have gone through the same thing, then maybe I wont feel as the medical community does... that THIS is just in my head....