Very Brief Stint

November 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I am new to this Forum and very happy to know that this site exists.
I contracted GBS in May of 2009. It started out as a sore throat that I ignored for a couple of weeks. On May 17th I noticed that my hands and feet were hurting, like an artritis type feel to them. The next day I woke up and both hands and feet were numb and my throat was still very sore. I went to the hospital and they dismissed it as Strep throat, gave me some pills and sent me on my way. Within 12 hours I returned to the hospital and told the doctor I was very worried, I had never felt that way before. He quickly diagnosed me as having a panic attack, prescribed me xanax and sent me on my way. I went home, still unable to swallow any pills and more gbs symptoms setting in. That night I knew that something was definitely not right and decided to go to a med clinic instead of the hospital. At the med clinic the doctor there actually listened to the symptoms I was telling him, made a phone call and then sent me to another hospital. As soon as I arrived at the other hospital I was seen, by this time I could no longer walk without assistance and my respiratory system was shutting down. The attending doctor made the correct diagnosis and I was admitted and on a ventilator within an hour. I ended up being on a ventilator for 2weeks and in recovery for a couple of days. I was very lucky. Most of my symptoms wore off very quickly after I left the hospital. In total I missed 3 weeks of work and returned as soon as I could. I still had light symptoms for a couple of months, very weak in my right arm and slight numbness in both feet, but made a full recovery.
As of now there are no signs that I ever had GBS and I am very thankful for that.