What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

It’s basically a neurological illness that involves the peripheral nerves in the body

Those nerves are covered in a sheath of myelin

Myelin is like an insulator for an electric cable  the insulation basically allows nerves to conduct very quickly

The myelin gets degraded and your nerves can’t transmit as easily, so you start slowing down in whatever muscle areas that are fed by these nerves

Guillain-Barré, which is named after French scientists Georges Guillain and Jean Barré

Symptoms can be mild, like pins and needles

In the most severe cases, people can lose the ability to walk or breathe on their own

The disease is usually progressive, starting with numbness and can advance over days or weeks.

It affects about 1 in 100,000 people and there are an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 cases a year in the United States