Guillain-Barr syndrome usually affects the feet or hands first, before spreading to other parts of the body.
It often starts a few days or weeks after an infection, such as a Gastroenteritis or flu .
Symptoms ofGuillain-Barr syndrome usuallydevelopover hours or days andtend to start in yourfeet and hands before spreading to your arms and legs.
At firstyou may have:
These symptoms usually affect both sides of the body at the same time.
The symptoms may continue to get worse over the next few days or weeks.
Some people are only mildly affected, but others may have:
Guillain-Barr syndrome usually reaches its most severe point within four weeks. It may thenremain stable for a few weeks ormonths before gradually improving .
See your GP if you notice any of the early symptoms of Guillain-Barr syndrome, such as numbness or weakness.
Call 999 for an ambulanceor go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department immediatelyif someone:
This is a medical emergency and the person needs to be seen in hospital as soon as possible.
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