A tingling sensation that spreads from the arms and legs is the most characteristic symptom of Guillain-Barre syndrome. The weakness gradually spreads to upper body. Symptoms can progress rapidly, and muscle weakness may lead to paralysis.
The most common symptoms of this condition include
There is no complete cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, but early treatment is essential to avoid rapid progression of symptoms, which may turn fatal.
Any treatment focuses on reducing the severity of the symptoms. This includes
Plasma exchange – in this procedure, the antibodies that attack the nervous system is removed from the blood.
Immunoglobulin therapy – in this therapy, immunoglobulins containing healthy antibodies are given to block the disease-causing antibodies.
Medications are prescribed to relieve pain and to dissolve the blood clot, if any.
Physical therapy is also an important part of the treatment. This will include exercises to make muscles strong and flexible. This helps to regain strength and to return to normal activities, as soon as possible.
Some people may need training with wheel chair to improve mobility, if muscles are very weak and if symptoms persist. Fatigue is resolved with exercise.
As the actual cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is not known, it is difficult to prevent the syndrome.
7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies
A few alternative and homeopathic remedies exist for Guillain-Barre syndrome.
In Ayurveda, winter cherry and country mallow are used in the treatment of this condition.
In homeopathy, Gelsimium is used in relieving symptoms of this condition.
Acupressure, massage, and good diet with immune system boosters are also helpful.
8 Lifestyle and Coping
Lifestyle modifications are necessary in order to cope with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is painful and may require hospitalization.
As mobility is affected, it is natural for patients to feel stressed out by the time they recover completely.
Having a good support system of family and friends, or a support group is essential.
Counselling may also be help.
9 Risks and Complications
Pain, breathing difficulties, and changes in blood pressure are the most common complications associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Some of them may have a relapse after a period of time.
Blood clots may develop in some, particularly those who are immobile.
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