Guillain-Barre syndrome causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves, which can eventually lead to paralysis throughout the body.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Over time, the whole body can be paralyzed due to this condition. In advanced cases, this syndrome is a medical emergency.
Experts have not determined the cause of this syndrome. However, it is often preceded by an infectious illness, such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.
Signs and symptoms of this disorder can include:
Ache or cramp-like pain that may worsen at night
Difficulty walking or inability to walk or climb stairs
Difficulty with eye or facial movements
Difficulty with speaking, chewing or swallowing
Low or high blood pressure
“Pins and needles” sensations in the fingers, toes, ankles or wrists
Rapid heart rate
Weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper body