What is GBS (Guillain-Barré Syndrome) ?

GBS (Guillain-Barré Syndrome) is a peripheral neurological disorder characterized by an inflammation of the peripheral nerves. People afflicted with GBS will see a quick onset of symptoms including weakness, numbness and even paralysis of one’s peripheries, including one’s hands, feet, arms and legs. In severe cases breathing and speech muscles can also be weak thus leading to a neurological emergency.  GBS differs from CIDP in that GBS’s onset is very quick, usually manifesting itself within 24-hours whereas CIDP can take over two months to manifests itself.