Symptoms Following Mirena; What Testing Do I Need And How Do I Go About Getting It?

Symptoms Following Mirena; What Testing Do I Need And How Do I Go About Getting It?

Among contraception options available on the market today, one of the most prevalent is the intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena. However, despite its popularity, following implantation of the device, many women have reported experiencing troubling symptoms, some of which include: severe headaches; nausea; peripheral vision changes; papilledema (swelling of the part of the optic nerve inside the eye); and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Development of one or more of these symptoms after having received Mirena could be indicative of a developed condition called intracranial hypertension (IH). In fact, research data shows that implantation of Mirena significantly increases the user’s risk of developing IH.

Intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri) is pressure felt within the skull, due to a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the spaces that surround the brain. Development of this condition is quite serious and thus, requires prompt medical treatment. As such, the continuation of one or more of the above symptoms in a Mirena implantee could mean that she has developed IH, and therefore, she should consult with a physician, as soon as possible.  More specifically, women experiencing issues with their vision can be seen by a neuro ophthalmologist, who will be able to determine if the vision changes are the result of papilledema. If papilledema is present, a referral to see a neurologist is likely the next step, so that testing can be done to confirm whether IH is responsible for the swelling of the optic nerve. Women seen by a neurologist for these symptoms, either by way of referral from another doctor, or of their own volition, will typically first undergo a brain MRI or CT scan to rule out any brain tumors. If these scans are clear (do not reveal the presence of any tumors), a lumbar puncture should then be performed to assess whether the symptoms are the result of IH.

In order to see either specialist (neurologist or neuro ophthalmologist) for suspected IH, a referral from a primary physician or gynecologist may be necessary. Before making any medical appointments, women should first consult with their health insurance company to confirm whether such a referral is required. If no referral is needed, an appointment can be made directly with either specialist. However, prior to doing so, women should first obtain a list of specialists covered by their health insurance carrier. If a referral is needed, one can be obtained by way of a primary care physician, gynecologist (OB-GYN), or any other medical provider cleared by the insurance company to issue referrals. It might also be the case that a woman’s IH symptoms become unbearable or so severe, necessitating a visit to a local emergency room. Should this happen, emergency room staff should be made aware of the symptoms, as well as their suspected cause, so that the necessary diagnostic tests can be performed during the emergency room visit to assess whether IH has developed. At the very least, a referral to see a neurologist or neuro-ophthalmologist can also be sought during such an emergency room visit.

Currently, The Yost Legal Group is investigating hundreds of women’s claims that Mirena caused their development of intracranial hypertension. As part of our investigation, certain facts must exist in order for us to file a lawsuit on our client’s behalf. Most importantly, we must receive medical records that show our client was diagnosed with IH, and that this diagnosis was made prior to having the Mirena removed. To that end, if a woman is considering having her Mirena removed, and she has any of the above-described IH symptoms, we strongly encourage that she get tested for IH PRIOR to having the device removed. Otherwise, her right to recover compensation for her injuries, or file a lawsuit, may be forever lost.

Unfortunately, many women who have received Mirena are unaware that their symptoms are related to the device, or that they could be indicative of a very serious underlying condition. Point blank, the manufacturer of Mirena, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, failed to do its job, as it did not properly warn women or their doctors of the serious side effects associated with the use of its device.  Ultimately, it is through litigating these cases that we aim to spread awareness to these issues and hold Bayer accountable for the harm it has caused. If you suspect that you or someone you know has developed intracranial hypertension, following use of Mirena, The Yost Legal Group may be able to help. Our team of experienced legal professionals is here to offer you free, individual consultation. Call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW.