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July 2, 2008 at 12:03 pm


Most GBS relapses occur within six weeks of the initial onset. This would suggest that it isn’t a relapse at all but that the treatment for the original onset didn’t turn the immune system off completely and the GBS just waned for a while before flaring up again.

After the first six weeks, the chances of getting another occurrence are about one in 200. This is much higher than the one in 200,000 chance per year of getting it in the first place. recurrence is rare, but it does happen. The causes of a relapse are generally the same things that can cause it in the first place unless you have CIDP instead of GBS.

There is another possibility that you may need to consider. If you do not get proper rest, diet, and don’t take care of yourself, the residual symptoms of GBS can flare up and give you something that resembles and feels like GBS. People on this site call that a ‘setback’ as opposed to a relapse. The cure for a relapse is to get plenty of rest.

With that in mind, if you have any doubt as to whether you are having a relapse or not, get yourself to a doctor today. It is better to be wrong than to let GBS destroy your nerves.