Vaccines on the market are associated with certain risk factors, including the flu vaccine.
The disorder begins when immune cells, which normally protect the body from foreign infection start attacking the nerves in the body instead, resulting in affected nerves failing to respond – or responding weakly – to stimuli which causes numbness, tingling, pain, progressive muscle weakness, loss of tendon reflexes, paralysis, weakness/fatigue and abnormal sensations.
In order to diagnosis the disease, a patient would have to have a clinical neurological exam. In order for the diagnosis to be made, most experts believe that the duration of the symptoms be greater than eight weeks.
Evaluation and tests to diagnose the disease include: neurological exam, electromyography, nerve conduction velocity test, spinal tap and blood tests.
Treatment for the disease would include: corticosteroids (prednisone), plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), prescribed alone or in combo, with an immunosuppressant drug. These treatments have been proved beneficial.
Patients may also consider physical therapy to improve muscle strength, function and mobility. Physical therapy can also minimize muscle and tendon shrinkage, as well as distortions of the joints.
Due to the rareness of this disease, doctors and specialists may have not witnessed it before and may not be able to give a definite prognosis. Each case of this disease is different. Side effects from medications may bring new symptoms and problems. Experimentation with various treatments may be necessary in order to figure out what the most appropriate treatment is for each patient.
Currently, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is researching the disease in order to aim for understanding the disorder and find ways for prevention, treatment and cure.
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