I've been hearing about the Guillain-Barre Syndrome in the media. Mostly from the possible link to the influenza immunization. After I read about it being a immuno-deficiency virus simliar to M.S. I started to look into it more.
My first (and only post) on this forum was my story from the beginning and anyone interested in the background should give it a read to understand what has happened. Since that post I have had one exacerbation after I was extremely sick from, what I will assume, was the flu bug. High fever and exploding from both ends for 2 days. After the flu subsided I had loss of muscle function on my right side which was which had happened quite often in the first two years.
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/introductions-f20/topic13192.html ((Reads like a narrative))
A timeline summary:
- 2003 (Spring): right-side numbness/weakness; start of diagnosis
2004: diagnosis; symptoms spanned from l'hermitte's sign, weakness, numbness, diplopia, optic neuritis
2005: started Avonex; No Symptom's
2009: possible relapse during the birth of my son (right side weakness) More than likely stress-related
2010: Stopped taking Avonex at my own discretion
2013: relapse after extreme case of the flu (right side weakness)
As I understand it, GBS' differs from MS in that it affects the PNS versus the CNS. My limited knowledge of this would conclude my symptoms could be PNS related. My main concern is that with the MRI's I have had in the past. I have quite a few very small lesions and a big one on the occipital lobe. Would this kill any possibility of it being GBS?
I have yet to talk to my GP/Neurologist about this since I want to learn more before I start an uneducated fuss. Any thoughts would be great and if you need some more information just let me know.
EDIT: I thought I should add that I have had full recovery from every relapse minus a very slight sensation loss on my right side. It is hardly noticeable.