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Jenna Jameson recently revealed to fans that she was hospitalized in Hawaii after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder.
Last week, the former adult film shared a health update on Instagram that she’s been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a disorder that leads to muscle weakness and sometimes even paralysis.
Although GBS has been reported as a rare side effect of certain COVID-19 vaccines, like Johnson & Johnson, Jameson told fans that she “did not get the jab or any jab.
What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes your own immune system to attack the peripheral nerves outside your brain and spinal cord. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GBS affects approximately one in 100,000 people.
What are the symptoms associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome?
Most often Guillain-Barré Syndrome begins with numbness and/or a pins and needles sensation in your feet, followed by muscle weakness. Although it affects your feet and legs at first, the condition does progress upwards towards the arms and breathing muscles.
According to Dr. Zaeem Siddiqi, a neurologist and professor of neurology at the University of Alberta, the symptoms are commonly symmetric, meaning that they affect both sides of the body at the same time, unlike a stroke that usually influences only one side.
Once a diagnosis is made the patient is hospitalized for close monitoring of lung function, breathing, motor strength and blood pressure changes.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke calls GBS a rapidly progressing disorder and notes that symptoms can increase in intensity over a span of hours to days and weeks. In its most severe state, a person can become paralyzed and may require admission to intensive care for respiratory support.