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Is Guillain-Barre syndrome the only cause of numbness in your limbs?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Numbness is a term describing a loss of feeling, usually due to a compression of nerves. Guillain-Barre syndrome is one form of polyneuropathy, a term referring to a group of nerve related diseases leading to numbness. Numbness can be a symptom of many other, less and more serious, diseases including anything from carpal tunnel, herniated disks, or frostbite. Noting how quickly the tingling is spreading is extremely important if you suspect Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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