Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. This often results in type of paralysis in most affected people. It is a rare medical condition only affecting 1 or 2 people in every 100,000. Most experts believe that GBS is an autoimmune disorder. These chronic illnesses happen when the immune system, which usually protects us by attacking any invading organisms that may harm the body, mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign material and begins to attack them.
Symptoms are very similar to Polo. so similar that it is speculated that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the four-term president who directed his sweeping social policies from his wheelchair, may not have been struck by polio but instead by Guillain-Barre syndrome. GPS usually begins with a tingling and weakness in your feet and legs and spreading to your upper body and arms. As the disorder progresses, muscle weakness can evolve into paralysis.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome may include:
- Prickling, “pins and needles” sensations in your fingers, toes or both
- Weakness or tingling sensations in your legs that spread to your upper body
- Unsteady walking or inability to walk
- Difficulty with eye movement, facial movement, speaking, chewing or swallowing
- Severe pain in your lower back
- Difficulty with bladder control or intestinal functions
- Rapid heart rate
- Low or high blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disease that requires immediate hospitalization because of the rapid rate at which it worsens. The sooner appropriate treatment is started, the better the chance of a good outcome.