Re: 2 weeks in hospital, no answer
Did you have a spinal tap or an EMG? A spinal tap is the only real way to definitively diagnose Guillain-Barre, as certain CSF proteins will be abnormally high. However, it can take as long as 2-3 weeks into symptom onset before the proteins show up in the spinal fluid. Therefore, some docs will do a dx with symptoms alone, even though lab tests don't completely concur.
If what you had is Guillain-Barre, then the IVIg will not make the symptoms go away. The purpose of the IVIg is to help you stabilize (i.e., not get much worse than before the treatment) and to speed along the course of the disease. Some people respond well to IVIg, and some not as well. But even if you respond well, it will take quite a while before you actually feel anything close to "normal."
It can take weeks, months, or much longer after your condition stabilizes before you lose the tingling/numbness, fatigue, muscle weakness, etc. associated with GBS. You may also have to be very careful in the future to rest and not overdo your activity or stress level, lest residual numbness, weakness, and fatigue return.
Feel free to ask if you have any additional questions. I'm currently recovering from GBS myself.
Last edited by KarmaCat; 05-02-2007 at 06:59 AM.