Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Neuropathy

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us.

One of the more rare acute types of peripheral neuropathy is Guillain-Barre syndrome, also sometimes called Landry’s paralysis or Guillain-Barre-Stohl syndrome. It’s a kind of autoimmune disorder, meaning that it causes the body to actually attack its own nervous system, which in turn causes the muscles to weaken very fast. Because it’s related to the immune system, Guillain-Barre turns up most frequently in people who have recently gotten over another type of infection, like a lung or gastrointestinal sickness.

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The condition only affects about one or two in every 100,000 people, far fewer than most of the more common neuropathy types, and it most commonly targets people between 30 and 50. Guillain-Barre syndrome is detected through nerve-conduction studies and by studying the cerebrospinal fluid. Most sufferers experience ascending paralysis (loss of strength in the feet and hands that migrates towards the core), along with typical polyneuropathy symptoms such as pain and tingling in the extremities. Perhaps most serious of all, Guillain-Barre syndrome often comes with autonomic neuropathy, making it very dangerous to the overall health of a sufferer’s internal organs.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Guillain-Barre syndrome, such as why it attacks some people after an infection and not others, or what actually sets it in motion to attack the nerves. We don’t have a cure for the condition yet, either, but with proper treatment, clinicians like the ones at NeuropathyDR® are able to manage its symptoms and restore quality of life to the people who suffer from it.

Our patient Louise was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome over 20 years ago. The onset was sudden; Louise just woke up one morning and her foot felt funny; by the end of the day she was having trouble walking unassisted. In only a few days, Louise needed two canes just to get around. For two decades, this was how she lived; in constant discomfort from the neuropathies common with Guillain-Barre, every day worried that the condition would degenerate and that her legs would just stop being able to bear her weight (even with support). Even simple things like crossing her legs or driving were difficult. Fortunately, Louise found NeuropathyDR®!

By the time she came to us, Louise had been living with Guillain-Barre and its complications for more than 20 years. Her mobility had continued to deteriorate, and she was now also experiencing pain in her lower back and difficulty turning her neck.

We treated Louise with our NeuropathyDR® methods of adjustive procedures to restore mobility in the affected joints, as well as ultrasound and the use of electronic stimulation to affected nerves. Over a five-week period, Louise’s painful neuropathy symptoms subsided drastically and mobility began to re-emerge in her legs and back. At a checkup two months later, Louise was starting to regain feeling and continuing to improve!

After experiencing NeuropathyDR® treatments, Louise wrote to us that, in light of her newly-regained mobility, she finds herself afraid to hope that she will get feeling back in her legs after all this time. She has been following-up with a clinician as scheduled, and her condition is continuing to improve. There is hope, no matter how long a person has been living with Guillain-Barre or any other type of neuropathy.

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us. The sooner a NeuropathyDR® clinician is are able to treat you, the more options there will be to help, and the sooner you’ll be—literally—back on your feet. Get in touch with us, and we will connect you with a clinician who has been specially-trained to take care of you.

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001704/
http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/guillain-barre-syndrome-topic-overview
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/gbs.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000684.htm

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