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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

I was talking with someone and he as telling me about how years ago, his brother came down with what is [supposedly] a very rare and potentially devastating and fatal disease. I won't even attempt to try and spell it out, but spelled phonetically it is called "gee-ohm-buhr-æ", if I understood him correctly.

Does anyone know what this is? I've never heard of it. Apparently it is some kind of nerve disorder that can leave you paralyzed, and possibly even put you into sudden cardiac arrest. And the disease can (according to him) set in literally overnight without any warning signs.

Any information would be welcome.

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

Matt. Come on my man. I have never seen a bigger setup in my life. 777236ER will not be able to resist this one.

As for an answer to your question, in a serious mannor of course, no doubt there are diseases and such that are very rare and can set in in no time. Luckily (I think) I have no knowledge of such that I could share here, but I'm sure illustrious A.net member 744lyy (or whatever it is) would tell you that a 90 second search on your favorite search engine would yeild you some type of results.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

I know it's a setup. But I'll take my chances anyway. The only reason I didn't do a search is because I don't have a clue as to how to spell it.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Try searching "rare and/or fatal diseases". Ignore the link to 777236ER's picture and start searching under that.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

I'll give it a try.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

It is a fast-acting viral syndrome that attacks the myelin sheathing around nerves, leading to paralysis. The bad news is that it moves quickly and can make a person ventilator-dependent (due to respiratory paralysis) within hours, and can last months. The good news is that if the person receives appropriate supportive treatment during the period of paralysis, there is a good chance of 75%-100% recovery.

Try these links:

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation: http://www.guillain-barre.com/
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Support Group (UK): http://www.gbs.org.uk/
National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (USA) GBS page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/gbs.htm


redngold



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1001 times:

Thanks Redngold.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 998 times:

More good news: the shorter the incubation time the smaller the chance you can pass it along to someone else thus potentially causing an epidemic.
That's one of the reasons Ebola hasn't yet killed off all of Africa and most of the rest of the world.



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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 989 times:

That's one of the reasons Ebola hasn't yet killed off all of Africa and most of the rest of the world.

Bear in mind that nature has equipped even Ebola with its' own 'limiter'.....it kills so fast, that an epidemic "burns itself out" quickly. If Ebola incubated like HIV we'd be in trouble.

I think SARS has a fast enough incubation period for 'burnout' too. Hopefully we'll see Asia get on top of it.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 977 times:
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Redngold, 2 points for you! I was trying to sound it out and just couldn't figure it was GBS.


GBS strikes fast but may be manageable. Good luck.



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