Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.


Guillain-Barre syndrome is an uncommon disorder in which your body`s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and numbness in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body.

The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown, but it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.

Guillain-Barre syndrome often begins with weakness, tingling or loss of sensation starting in your feet and legs and spreading to your upper body and arms. These symptoms may begin — often not causing much notice — in your fingers and toes. In some people, symptoms begin in the arms or even the face. As the disorder progresses, muscle weakness can evolve into paralysis.

Signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome may include:
• Prickling, "pins and needles" sensations in your fingers, toes or both
• Weakness or tingling sensations in your legs that spread to your upper body
• Unsteady walking or inability to walk
• Difficulty with eye movement, facial movement, speaking, chewing or swallowing
• Severe pain in your lower back
• Difficulty with bladder control or intestinal functions
• Very slow heart rate or low blood pressure
• Difficulty breathing

Guillain-Barre may be triggered by:-
• Most commonly, infection with campylobacter, a type of bacteria often found in undercooked food, especially poultry
• Surgery
• Epstein-Barr virus
• Hodgkin`s disease
• Mononucleosis
• HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
• Rarely, rabies or influenza immunizations

Tests and diagnosis:-
Three tests can confirm a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)— An elevated level of protein without an increase in the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in the cerebral spinal fluid is characteristic of GBS.

Electromyogram (EMG)—This is an effective diagnostic tool because it records muscle activity and can show the loss of individual nerve impulses due to the disease`s characteristic slowing of nerve responses.

Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)—this test is performed with EMG, and
together, they are often referred to as EMG/NCV studies. NCV records the speed at which signals travel along the nerves. These signals are characteristically slowed in GBS, although the findings may evolve over several weeks.

Treatments and drugs:-
There`s no cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome. But two types of treatments can reduce the severity of Guillain-Barre syndrome:
• Plasmapheresis.
• Intravenous immunoglobulin.

Role of homeopathy:-
It has been clinically observed that homeopathy helps cases of GB Syndrome. It seems to help by correcting the altered immune system. The medicines are very effective in treating the residual symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Muscle weakness and power in the limbs can be corrected.
This is a powerful antioxidant which works at the fundamental levels of the immune system offering the best chance to turn the autoimmunity back around from attacking your own nerve fibers.

Homeopathic medicines are highly effective and strongly recommended.