Neuralgic amyotrophy is caused by damage to a group of nerves called the brachial plexus. These nerves are in your neck and shoulders.
- Pain, usually in both of your shoulders
- Difficulty moving your arms or hands
- Pins and needles in your arms or hands
- Numbness in your arms or hands
Neuralgic amyotrophy is a type of peripheral neuropathy. You can find out more from the NHS website here
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Guillian-Barre syndrome affects nerves. You usually feel the symptoms in your hands and feet first. They then spread to your arms and legs. Symptoms in your limbs, hands and feet include:
- Feeling numb
- Pins and needles
You might also have problems with balance or co-ordination. In very severe cases it can be hard to walk, and people can have difficulty breathing or swallowing. So it is very important to seek medical help if you think you could have Guillian-Barre syndrome.
Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Myelitis is inflammation of the spinal cord. These are extremely rare following hepatitis E. But they can be very serious.
Early symptoms include:
- Feeling like you have the flu.
These can move on to more serious symptoms including difficulty speaking, confusion, and not being able to move parts of your body.
The NHS page also has a longer list of serious symptoms. If you have any of these serious symptoms you should call 999 or go to a hospital straight away.
Bell’s Palsy can make one side of your face weak and hard to move. It can be treated and most people will get better in a few months.
If your face droops on one side call 999. The drooping could be caused by Bell’s Palsy, but it is also a sign of a stroke. So it is important that you get medical help straight away.
In a small number of cases, hepatitis E can stop your kidneys working properly.
Hepatitis E has been shown to cause a condition called glomerulonephritis. This can be very mild and might only be found if you are having blood or urine tests.
In more serious cases you might have symptoms including:
- Blood in your urine
- Pain in your joints
- Feeling tired
- Feeling out of breath.
If you get these symptoms you should see your doctor.
Some people with hepatitis E can develop a blood problem called thrombocytopenia. This is very rare but it can be serious.
Thrombocytopenia happens when there are not enough platelets in your blood. Platelets are tiny fragments of blood cells. They are very important for stopping bleeding.
The symptoms of thrombocytopenia include:
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding that lasts longer than usual, even from very small injuries
- Heavy periods
Published: November 2023
Review due: November 2026