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Cowboys offensive lineman Travis Frederick suffers from Guillain Barre Syndrome

Dallas Cowboys starting center Travis Frederick updated all the Cowboys fans on Twitter today of his recent medical issues. Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

An update on what’s going on with me: pic.twitter.com/KSkMUvyCWk

— Travis Frederick (@tfrederick72) August 22, 2018

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Guillain-Barré Syndrome, sometimes called GBS, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. While most people eventually make a full recovery from GBS, others are left with permanent nerve damage. In rare instances GBS can lead to death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GBS affects about 1 in 100,000 people. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year in the United States.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome can last anywhere from a few week up to several years. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms include:

  • Prickling, pins-and-needles sensations in fingers, toes, ankles or wrists
  • Weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper body
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Severe pain that may feel achy or cramp-like
  • Difficulty with bladder control or bowel function
  • Unsteady walking or inability to walk or climb stairs
  • Difficulty with speaking, chewing or swallowing
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Trouble breathing

According to the Mayo Clinic, among adults recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome:

  • About 80 percent can walk independently six months after diagnosis
  • About 60 percent fully recover motor strength one year after diagnosis
  • About 5 to 10 percent have very delayed and incomplete recovery

This sounds like Frederick could miss some time . It will be something to keep an eye on.

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