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Guillain-Barré (pronounced "ghee-YAN bah-RAY") syndrome is a nerve problem. You may have been ill or had an infection. While your body's own defences (immune system) were fighting off the illness, your nerves were damaged. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) makes your muscles weak and leaves you feeling numb or tingly. Many people with GBS do not get worse than that. However, some people with GBS may not be able to move their limbs.
Some people with GBS need to go into the hospital because the muscles become so weak that it may be hard to walk or breathe. If you cannot move at all, you may have treatment to help you breathe, drink, and eat.
With time, you should start feeling stronger. However, it may be several months before you can return to your everyday activities. During that time you may need therapy to help you regain your ability to walk and talk. You may continue to feel tired even after you no longer have GBS.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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