One of the more rare acute types of peripheral neuropathy you will encounter in patients will be Guillain-Barre syndrome, also sometimes called Landry’s paralysis or Guillain-Barre-Stohl syndrome.  This autoimmune disorder causes the immune system to deteriorate the nervous system, which in turn causes the muscles to weaken very fast.  Due to its autoimmune nature, Guillain-Barre tends to present most frequently in people who have recently recovered from another type of infection, like a lung or gastrointestinal sickness.
The condition only affects about one or two in every 100,000 people, far fewer than most of the more common neuropathy types, and it most commonly targets patients between 30 and 50.  Because signals travelling along the nerves of a patient with Guillain-Barre are slower, it can sometimes be detected through nerve-conduction studies, as well as by studying the cerebrospinal fluid.
Most patients with Guillain-Barre present with ascending paralysis (loss of strength in the feet and hands that migrates towards the core), along with typical polyneuropathy symptoms such as pain and tingling in the extremities.  Perhaps most serious of all, Guillain-Barre syndrome often presents alongside autonomic neuropathy, making it very dangerous to the overall health of a patient’s internal organs.
There is still a lot we don’t know about Guillain-Barre syndrome, such as why it attacks some patients after an infection and not others, or what actually sets it in motion to attack the nerves.  We currently refer to it as a syndrome, as opposed to a disease, since there is no disease-causing agent we can prove to be involved.  As of yet, there is also no known cure, but with proper treatment, clinicians who are trained in the NeuropathyDR® methodologies are able to manage its symptoms and restore quality of life to their patients who suffer from it.
Our patient Louise was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome over 20 years ago.  The onset was sudden; Louise just woke up one morning and her foot felt funny; by the end of the day she was having trouble walking unassisted.  In only a few days, Louise needed two canes just to get around.  For two decades, this was how she lived; in constant discomfort from the neuropathies common with Guillain-Barre, every day worried that the condition would degenerate and that her legs would just stop being able to bear her weight (even with support).  Even simple things like crossing her legs or driving were difficult.  Fortunately, Louise found a NeuropathyDR® clinician who was able to help!
By the time she came to us, Louise had been living with Guillain-Barre and its complications for more than 20 years.  Her mobility had continued to deteriorate, and she was now also experiencing pain in her lower back and difficulty turning her neck.

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We treated Louise with our NeuropathyDR® methods of adjustive procedures to restore mobility in the affected joints, as well as ultrasound and the use of electronic stimulation to affected nerves.  Over a five-week period, Louise’s painful neuropathy symptoms subsided drastically and mobility began to re-emerge in her legs and back.  At a checkup two months later, Louise was starting to regain feeling and continuing to improve!
After her treatments with NeuropathyDR® , Louise wrote to us that, in light of her newly-regained mobility, she finds herself afraid to hope that she will get feeling back in her legs after all this time.  She has been following-up with her clinician as scheduled, and her condition is continuing to improve.  There is hope that you can help your patient, no matter how long they may have been living with Guillain-Barre or any other type of neuropathy.
If you treat patients who have been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, we want to help you treat their case more effectively.  NeuropathyDR® is an invaluable resource to clinicians; we have the information and training you need to be your most effective.  We can even help refer patients to you in your area who could benefit most from your care. Don’t wait to start helping your patients get—literally—back on their feet;  contact us and we’ll get started!