More widespread nerve damage affects the breathing muscles, the face and arms.
“Most people reach the greatest stage of weakness within the first two weeks after symptoms appear,” warned the NIH.
Other symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome include:
- Difficulty with eye muscles and vision
- Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing
- Pricking or pins and needles sensations in the hands and feet
- Pain that can be severe, particularly at night
- Coordination problems and unsteadiness
- Abnormal heart beat/rate or blood pressure
- Problems with digestion and/or bladder control.
These symptoms can increase in intensity over time; eventually, a person may become paralysed.
The condition can even be life-threatening, as it can interfere with breathing, blood pressure and heart rate.
READ MORE: How to get rid of brown stains on your teeth – using baking soda