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What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare but serious autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system. It is usually caused by an acute infectious process. The peripheral nervous system is the portion of the nervous system that is outside the brain and spinal cord.

Autoimmune means the patient's immune system goes wrong and attacks good tissue, which in this case are nerve cells which communicate with muscles. The individual with Guillain-Barre syndrome will initially experience a tingly and numbing sensation in the limbs, as well as weakness in the same areas. If these sensations spread, which they often do, the entire body eventually becomes paralyzed. Typically, person with Guillain-Barre syndrome experiences symptoms start in the lower limbs and eventually spread upwards.

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My dad seems to be in a coma

Started by calaan in Recommend a Doctor, Therapist, or Clinic (Positive Review Only). Last reply by Lisa Topaz 4 hours ago. 18 Replies

My dad was diagnosed 2 weeks ago, he is currently in the icu on a ventalator, he hasn't been able to wake up since they put the trach in and took him off sedation medications ( 4 days ago), is it normal to not be able to even open your eyes? He…Continue

Extreme hip joint back pain on one side after physio

Started by Gayleen in Recommend a Doctor, Therapist, or Clinic (Positive Review Only). Last reply by Gayleen yesterday. 5 Replies

Yikes, I know some of you are dealing with back pain with your GBS, I am not sure if I'm dealing with a GBS thing or a pinched nerve/ sciatica problem. All this started out of the blue after a pretty intense physio session.I'd appreciate any advice…Continue

what now

Started by Timity in Recommend a Doctor, Therapist, or Clinic (Positive Review Only). Last reply by Nojabold yesterday. 4 Replies

Im on the tail end of this syndrome and it hascompletely changed everything in my life, its been a year and i dont know if ill ever be the same or feel the same about the world. I dont know if i can make anyone ever understand what ive been through…Continue

Life after GBS

Started by Lily in General. Last reply by mamabear on Thursday. 5 Replies

Should I ever get immunized? Before getting GBS I planned to get the shingles vaccine, and I usually get a flu shot every year. Will I be more susceptible to getting this horrible syndrome again than the average person? I'm counting on getting…Continue

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Thank you all for your comments!

Posted by Sandishus on September 17, 2014 at 4:26pm 0 Comments

I don't have much time to post right now but, I want to say thank you so much. I am encouraged by everyone here. And, I find after reading other blogs the crazy things I think are not so crazy :) . I have gained about 2 pounds a month since I…

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This is my story and I'm sticking to it!

Posted by Sandishus on September 8, 2014 at 1:14am 4 Comments

I am starting this blog to help me remember how bad I was and how good I am now. After reading posts for a year I realize how lucky I am, it could have been so much worse. I am so thankful.

First, let me say that I have smoked for over 40…

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