Bachelorette alum JP Rosenbaum is back home after revealing over the weekend that he’s battling a rare autoimmune disorder.
On Sunday, the reality star announced on Instagram from his hospital bed that he’d been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.
This causes parts of the body – or in some cases the whole body – to be paralyzed.
‘Resting comfortably at home. This morning was pretty brutal, I had some pretty severe migraines…but I hear that’s a side effect from the [treatment],’ Rosenbaum said in a clip on Tuesday night, after beginning plasma transfusions.
‘Gonna start physical and occupational therapy in the next few days and start to recover…Good to be home.’
JP Rosenbaum revealed on Instagram on Sunday that he’s been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its peripheral nervous system and causes paralysis. Pictured: Rosenbaum at home, left, and in the hospital, right
Rosenbaum said he’s currently unable to do day-today activities like tie his shoelaces or pick up his kids. Pictured: Rosenbaum, left, and wife Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum, October 2019
Guillain-Barré syndrome is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.
However, Rosenbaum – who is married to Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum – didn’t elaborate on how his symptoms had progressed or when he had been diagnosed.
The condition is rare, affecting about one in 100,000 annually.
Fewer than 20,000 cases are diagnosed per year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
After the first symptoms of Guillain-Barré, sufferers’ conditions usually worsen for about two weeks before plateauing around the four-week mark.
The recovery period can last as little as a few weeks and as long as a few years, but about 30 percent of those diagnosed have a residual weakness after three years.
Most who have Guillain-Barré make full recoveries, but some are left with tingling sensations in the arms and legs.
In a series of videos via his Instagram Stories on Sunday, Rosenbaum explained how the syndrome had already affected his every day life.
‘Things you do every day, like picking up this phone, or buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant, just can’t do it,’ he said.
‘Picking up my kids, can’t do it. Wiping your a**, maybe [too much information], but might have Ashley assist on the next one. Can’t really believe it.’
Rosenbaum said that his symptoms appear to have ‘plateaued’ but that he would be monitored by doctors over the coming week.
Rosenbaum said his symptoms appear to have ‘plateaued’ but that he would continue to be monitored by doctors. Pictured: Rosenbaum, far left, with Herbert Rosenbaum, second from right, and their two children
The couple met on Season 7 of The Bachelorette in 2011 (pictured, the finale) and married in December 2012
‘I feel pretty much the same as I have all day, which I think is a good sign,’ he said in one of the clips.
‘From what I’m, told, my symptoms have hopefully plateaued and not gotten any worse, then hopefully I’m on the road to recovery.’
IRosenbaum said his first line of treatment, before physical or occupational therapy, Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy (IVIG).
In those who have Guillain-Barré, the immune system produces harmful antibodies that attack the nerves.
IVIG is a treatment made from donated blood that contains healthy antibodies to block the harmful ones from continuing their damage.
Hebert Rosenbaum also took to Instagram adding: ‘It may be a long road to full reocvery but were are so grateful to everyone that has helped us to get a speedy diagnosis and treatment.
The couple met and fell in love while filming Season 7 of The Bachelorette in 2011.
They married in a televised ceremony in December 2012 and have two children, son Fordham Rhys, five, and daughter Essex Rose, three.