June 2, 2006 at 7:49 am

I agree with Lee who stated “GBS will affect the diaphragm and rib muscles which control the depth of breath”. I had a tracheostomy for about 4+ months, worked my way off of it and over time strenghten my breathing capabilities. I too was a smoker like Marguerite, during the period of 1960 to 1990, and suffered accordingly. About 6 months after getting off the trach, I was back to normal although from time to time I cough up muscus more than before becoming ill with GBS.