Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a nerve disease following a bacterial or viral illness. A patient usually begins to feel weak in their arms and legs with some numbness and tingling in the fingers. It can progress to difficulty breathing, walking and thinking. It can also appear after a vaccine administration. For mild cases, the nerve inflammation will resolve on it’s own within a few weeks to months. However, for many people, it can last for years.
Conventional medicine doesn’t have many answers. They give pain medication or steroids and then eventually some physical therapy as needed. Up to 1/3 of patients are hospitalized with respiratory issues. Lucky for us, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to speed up recovery in patients with Guillain-barre.
We know that that hyperbaric oxygen acts partially as an anti-inflammatory. We also know that the brain and nerves love oxygen and respond well to increased levels. Given that Guillain-Barre is an inflamed nerve issue, it makes sense to treat it with hyperbaric medicine. A recent case study out of China showed even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barre responded to hyperbarics. The patient had better breathing, walking and use of their hands after only 20 treatments.
If you or someone you know developed lasting nerve weakness or paralysis, please give us a call and let hyperbarics help you.