Several nervous system disorders can have an adverse effect on a person’s health. Guillain–Barré syndrome, also known as Landry’s paralysis or Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, is a rare disorder belonging to this category. The syndrome may result in serious complications in patients, which may lead to life-threatening scenarios. Polyneuropathy is a disorder that develops when different nerves malfunction at the same time. Guillain–Barré Syndrome is considered an acute stage of polyneuropathy and therefore, it comes with more severe complications. In cases where the muscles that control breathing are affected, the patient would have difficulty breathing. Once the nervous system becomes affected, the capacity of the nervous system to pass signals to various organs of the body is decreased, which results in the lack of communication between brain and other parts of the body. Therefore, the body’s various organs will not react the way, which the brain ‘wants’ them to react.
The reason for Guillain–Barré Syndrome is unknown. However, with the help of recent research, it has been identified that most people who have suffered from GBS have had an infection in their lung or digestive system prior to developing the syndrome. Normally, the immune system’s primary function should be to prevent external bodies from affecting our health. For those with Guillain–Barré Syndrome, the immune system starts attacking the nerves, which are responsible for communicating with the brain. Nerves have a protective layer known as the myelin sheath, which plays a vital role in transmitting signals to the brain. Guillain–Barré Syndrome affects the myelin sheath. Some people tend to develop Guillain–Barré immediately after a surgery or due to pregnancy. However, researchers have found it difficult to identify the reason for this correlation.
The following are common signs and symptoms exhibited by people affected with by Guillain–Barré Syndrome:
- The most common and the first symptoms felt by any patient is the weakness of their feet and legs.
- The weakness will slowly spread through all parts of the body.
- Certain people will experience weakness in their face and arms.
- Paralysis may follow the weakness in the arms and legs.
- Patients may complain about a prickling sensation along their fingers, which will eventually spread throughout the entire body.
- Due to the weakness of the limbs, patients may have difficulty walking.
- Lower back pain is seen in most patients.
- The patient’s blood pressure may keep varying between low and high.
- If the muscles that control breathing are impacted, patients will find it difficult to breath.
- Facial movements will not be as free as they were before and speaking ability might be reduced.
Disability Tax Credits for Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS)
If you experience some of the above-mentioned symptoms, it would be wise to consult a doctor immediately, before it turns into a life-threatening issue. To help people with Guillain–Barré and other conditions, the Canadian government offers disability tax credits, under the categories such as walking, dressing, vision and feeding. Call HandyTax today to speak to a representative who can help you submit your claim!