Reply To: Immune system Post GBS

April 23, 2020 at 1:37 pm

MDs and other experts: please correct me if I’m off-base on any of this. But I can’t help but think that it’s not always simply a matter of “strong” versus “weak” immune systems. In layman’s terms, those of us who contracted GBS have immune systems that got “tricked” (for lack of a better term) into treating our own nervous system as a foreign invader after an infection or vaccine triggered an immune response. I’m reminded of the more recent articles about how cytokine storms — where immune systems sort of went into high gear and did not stop — might have killed so many young people in the 1919 flu pandemic, and could be playing a role in the current pandemic as well. But, as @Jim-LA pointed out, these immune system reactions are not well-understood.