Reply To: Painting and onset of GBS

August 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hi, The only thing I can think of regarding a connection is if there was a high content of lead or some other chemical in the paint.  But then it would not be gbs/cidp, it would be because of heavy metal overload and the neurological system was responding to the metals.  Not saying it isn’t possible to have a connection between the paint and cidp.  Is your husband allergic to any chemicals?  For instance a reaction to a particular chemical (allergic) could cause the immune system to turn on to fight off a reaction and then not stop fighting.  That is essentially an easy way of explaining how gbs/cidp could start.  There is a trigger, virus, bacteria, aneasthesia, even stress, amoung many other possible triggers that starts the immune system to respond to the particular trigger and then not turn off.  Are you near these people that had the issue with the paint?  I do think it is worth it to keep doing google searches to see if anyone else has had such a response to the paint, you never know.

About your comment that your husband is now getting regular gbs, have they switched the dx to cidp instead of gbs?  Typically with gbs there is only an initial dosing of ivig, then maybe plasma pheresis, but not continual ivig treatments.  Continual would be indicative of cidp.  Good luck, keep us posted.