I'm freaking out

    • January 31, 2014 at 3:35 am

      I believe I came down with GBS last year after a series of upper respiratory illness (a bad cold and then sinusitis). Now after 8 months out, I’m about 80% recovered. What’s freaking me out? I’m coming down with my first cold since my GBS. Is there anything to worry about?

    • January 31, 2014 at 4:10 am

      GBS is a very rare disease and getting it a second time from a cold is even rarer. RGBS is even more rare. There’s no reason to worry that a typical cold or sore throat is going to trigger an autoimmune response and lead to a recurrence of GBS. Colds, sore throats, and the occasional bout of diarrhea are fairly predictable parts of everyone’s lives before and after GBS.

      In the very, very unlikely event you get tingling or numbness in the hands or feet in next couple weeks following the cold, you should get a routine checkup by a GBS doctor.

    • GH
      January 31, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Don’t worry. Assume it’s all uphill unless you have actual evidence of backsliding.