“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes.
That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too much cerebral spinal fluid builds up in the head causing pressure on the optic nerve from behind, resulting in migraines, double vision, temporary blindness and ringing in the ears.
Bayer currently faces thousands of lawsuits from women who claim they suffered injury from the Mirena IUD. The vast majority of those lawsuits allege the device migrated from its intended position in the cervix and punctured tissue and other organs resulting in hospitalizations, surgeries and in some cases, sterility. Claimants say they were not adequately warned of the risks associated with the Mirena IUD.
However, a handful of women allege they developed pseudotumor cerebri after being inserted with the device. On May 27, nine plaintiffs filed a group motion with the calling for a separate multi district litigation (MDL) for women who have specifically suffered non-stroke neurological conditions allegedly caused by the device. Mirena lawyers say they have several other women who would join the MDL.
The safety label for the Mirena IUD does not include any warnings of pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which means that once patients are diagnosed most doctors do not know to advise patients to have the devices removed in order to stop progression of the disease.
Women who have used the Mirena IUD and suffered from injuries of any kind should consult with an attorney. Lawyers with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating side effects associated with the Mirena IUD.