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What if my Doctor Won’t Take Me Seriously?

I find it incredibly frustrating when I talk to people with SIRVA injuries who tell me that their doctor won’t take them seriously. In fact, I would go so far as to say it makes me angry, and I don’t even have a SIRVA injury. So, I can only imagine how disheartening it is for someone who is actually injured to have to endure the frustration of being told they don’t know what is actually going on with their own body.

I have several theories on why this happens. First, SIRVA injuries are fairly uncommon in the grand scheme of things. Accordingly, it is not something that most doctors deal with on a day-to-day basis. Second, the concept of linking shoulder injuries to the improper administration of vaccines has not been around for a very long time. Accordingly, a lot of doctors weren’t taught about it in medical school.

I have the utmost respect for physicians. I think most of them are bright, hardworking people who have the best intentions. However, I feel there are some who can be closed minded and dare I say arrogant at times. I think there are some that believe if they’ve never heard of SIRVA and they didn’t learn about it medical school then it can’t be a real thing.

It’s not fair to expect a doctor to know everything about medicine. That’s just an unrealistic expectation to place on them. However, I don’t think it is unfair to ask them to at least be open minded. If your doctor doesn’t know about SIRVA that is one thing. If your doctor is unwilling to do any sort of investigation into its existence that is another. Medicine is ever evolving and advancing and if a doctor is going to provide the best care possible, they need to be willing to evolve and advance with it.

I thought it would be helpful to link a few articles below, so if your doctor is skeptical about SIRVA, you can provide them with legitimate information from reputable medical journals. I think it is also worth noting that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund (“VICP”) in the United States recognizes SIRVA. The VICP is overseen by The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Accordingly, HHS has declared that SIRVA is a real thing.

If you have SIRVA I hope you feel better soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at or you can call/text me at 773.412.3320. I will link the articles below.