Syndrome is attributed to two types of stress i.e. emotional and physical stress. It can either be brought on by grief, extreme anger, fear and other extreme emotions, or can occur due to physical stressors such as a serious physical illness or surgery.
Certainly you’ve felt a severe pang in your chest, something that hurts deeply, but you believe it to be an outcome of emotional pain. A traumatic experience, a failed love affair, the loss of someone close to you, can all lead to a heart break. However, as unbelievable as it may sound and you probably could never have guessed it, your ‘broken’ heart can be life-threatening, a serious condition that could occur in anyone.
These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. But two-thirds of patients report symptoms of an infection in the six weeks preceding. These include respiratory or a gastrointestinal infection or Zika virus.
There’s no known cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Although most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the mortality rate is 4% to 7%. Between 60-80% of people are able to walk at six months. Patients may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.
Signs and Symptoms
STSS often begins with the following symptoms:
Fever and chills
Nausea and vomiting
After the first symptoms start, it usually only takes about 24 to 48 hours for low blood pressure to develop. Once this happens, STSS quickly gets much more serious:
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Faster than normal heart rate (tachycardia)
Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
Other signs that organs are not working (organ failure)
Examples: Someone with kidney failure may not make urine. Someone with liver failure may bleed or bruise a lot or their skin and eyes may turn yellow.
Once thought to be a single disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome is now known to occur in several forms. The main types are:
Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP), the most common form in North America and Europe. The most common sign of AIDP is muscle weakness that starts in the lower part of your body and spreads upward.
Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS), in which paralysis starts in the eyes. MFS is also associated with unsteady gait. MFS is less common in the U.S. but more common in Asia.
Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN) are less common in the U.S. But AMAN and AMSAN are more frequent in China, Japan and Mexico.
People dealing with a broken heart syndrome may experience a wide range of symptoms that may mimic a heart attack. Some of the symptoms you can develop are as follows:
– Sudden chest pain and tightness
– Shortness of breath
– Fatigue or unexplained weakness
Apart from these most common symptoms, some people may have episodes of hypotension also known as low blood pressure, which may lead to temporary loss of consciousness. Excessive sweating, heart palpitations and nausea can also occur.