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Does Aspirin Usage Cause Guillain Barre
Can I still get an epidural after having guillain barre syndrome? I heard that it can cause the gbs to reoccur. Can gbs cause problems with labor?
No one knows: Gbs occurs when the bodies immune system attacks the lining or myelin of the nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system. Although it can be associated with things like following surgery or after certain infections, for example it has been seen following campylobacter infection which causes diarrhea, the true cause is unknown. ...Read more
No link: No, there is no definitive link between vaccines and gbs in a broad sense. While many have attempted to link the two and the fda follows all vaccines closely to monitor a link - the data has not suggested a link between all major vaccines and gbs. The average risk of someone getting gbs even without getting vaccines is 1 in a few hundred thousand. The risk is the same with vaccines. ...Read more
Other than als, pls, sma, and guillain barre syndrome, are there other causes of anterior horn cell death?
Not correct: Guillain-Barré syndrome is not caused by anterior horn cell death. Its other name is acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or AIDP. If it were a motor neuron disease, you'd never get better, and most people do. ...Read more
At 21 I was diagnosed with guillain barre syndrome. Now ar 29 they are testing for graves disease right now. Could that cause me to relapse again?
Unlikely: Testing for thyroid disease is not going to cause a relapse of guillain barre. Autoimmune thyroid disease is usually not associated with the syndrome either. ...Read more
2 years ago I was on Zyprexa. It caused tingling in my lower legs and feet when walking. Climbing up & downstairs I had leg weakness. Guillain-Barre?
Very Unlikely: The reports of Zyprexa causing Guillan Barre Syndrome a serious neurological condition is highly suspect and unlikely in my opinion. And you are talking of having taken Zyprexa 2 years ago and was never diagnosed with this serious condition and your symptoms of leg weakness and tingling are so non specific. I will say it is highly unlikely. If you have any symtoms now consult a neurologist ...Read more
Acute neuritis: An ascending rapidly progressive weakness then paralysis, starting typically bilaterally in legs, later arms and hands, and later yet issues with swallowing and breathing, often following influenza, but also seen with infectious mono, some GI infections, and could lead to respiratory collapse if not properly treated. ...Read more
Weakness: A relatively rare condition usually starting with progressive weakness of the lower extremities and weakness of facial muscles. Or other cranial nerves. It can spread to upper extremities and involve respiratory muscles. Pain is also a common feature of the affected muscles. Other sensory symptoms and bladder problems are uncommon. ...Read more
Speech therapy & GBS:
Speech therapy can be very helpful to improve speech and promote safe swallowing in patients who have significant weakness of the tongue, palate and throat, or who have had a tracheostomy.
Physical therapy can also be very helpful to attempt to minimize physical function deficits and prevent muscle wasting and joint contractures. ...Read more
Yes: The famous c miller fisher described facial paresis with ataxia and areflexia as a variant of guillain barre. This fisher variant is rare but well known. ...Read more
Antibodies in the: Plasma fraction are driving the nerve injury. Remove the immune proteins to arrest the process. ...Read more
See your doctor: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause. ...Read more
What's the general prognosis for an 18 yr old with Guillain Barre? Do most become fully or partially paralyzed?
Wish you well: And speedy recovery of the patient you are asking for, check this link http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/gbs/gbs. Htm#What_is_the_prognosis ...Read more
How many treatments of ivig/plasphorosis should a person with guillain barre have? I had 5 of each once. People say I should have more is this true?
Probably not.: Gbs treatment with 5 days of ivig is standard. Plasmapheresis, when used, is generally 4-6 treatments. Your doctor/neurologist knows what's right for you. Sounds like she/he is doing the right thing for you. ...Read more
Can you get guillain barre after the flu? If yes how long do symptoms take to develop? How long after the flu are we in the clear that its not gbs?
Yes: GB can occur (although rarely)with a viral infection. Neurologic effects are not expected however. If you do have a neurologic issue you need to consult a neurologist. ...Read more
I have suffered from very painfull back (pain measurement of 7-10) and this all started when doctors diagnosed guillain-barre. Lastpainlessday13mtago?
Guillain barre usually not painful; can be after infection, etc. Could be muscular, fracture, bone abnormality (even cancer of, or spread to bone-don't know your age, sex, history).
May need tests like xray, mri, ct, phys. Therapy, oral meds, local injections... Or not. May need exam by physiatrist (physical med), rheum, (med specialist in joints), ortho, neurology, can't tell here. See your doc. ...Read more
Motor weakness: Guillian-barre is an inflammatory disease of the nerve roots that results in pain and progressive motor weakness. It can cause paralysis, breathing failure and problems with the cardiovascular system. If it is suspected, it should be evaluated and treated emergently. Proper treatment can be lifesaving and result in full or near full recovery. ...Read more
Response: Why did you ask this question? Do you have progressive ascending weakness which has started a few days ago? If so, get to a hospital ASAP, you are at risk. Sorry, I have no clue what "something else" is!! ...Read more
See below:: Treatment of guillain-barré syndrome may include plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) and high-dose immunoglobulin therapy. A respirator may be used if the patient requires assistance to breathe. Physical therapy can begin after the patient recovers limb control. The recovery period: a few weeks or as long as a few years. About 30% may suffer from residual weakness after 3 years. ...Read more
Possible help: IV IG is helpful and it is worth a treatment decision ...Read more
second IVIG dose for a Guillain Barre patient with a poor prognosis. Any possibility to help him?
Yes, very likely: Yes, Most cases of Guillain Barre syndrome recover with time. All you have to be sure is that there is ventilatory support available if the paralysis moves up to affect the breathing. Is this patient on a Ventilator now or not? What about the legs? Are they paralysed completely/or moving. We need all this info sent to us in order to guide you further. ...Read more