Travis Frederick has Guillain-Barre syndrome, unsure when he’ll return

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Cowboys center Travis Frederick has been out of practice recently, and today he revealed why: He has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.

Frederick released a statement saying he does not know when he will return to the field.

“After a very extensive examination and discovery process over the past few weeks, I have been diagnosed with having Guillain Barre Syndrome which is an auto immune disease,” he said. “In the last 48 hours, I have received two treatments that address my condition, and I am feeling much better from an overall strength perspective. I will continue these treatments over the next few days. I am very optimistic about my condition and the immediate future, as I have been told that the illness was detected at a fairly early stage. My doctors have told me that it is not possible to determine a time table for a return to the field right now, but I am hopeful that I will be able to play as soon as possible. I am deeply grateful for all of the people who have expressed concern for me throughout the past four weeks, and my teammates and the Cowboys organization have provided me and my family with tremendous support.”

Frederick has started all 16 games in all five seasons since the Cowboys drafted him in 2013.

62 responses to “Travis Frederick has Guillain-Barre syndrome, unsure when he’ll return

  1. Wow, this is a terrible, debilitating disorder. Luckily, a full recovery is likely. My buddy got Guillain-Barre awhile back and was in the hospital for weeks, mostly paralyzed.

  2. I live in Tx and I remember being at a buffalo wild wings watching this draft. When they picked Frederick, everyone in place moaned and the guy next to us dang near got kicked out for throwing a fit. All I can remember is thinking they are all crazy, this dude is good!

    Of course I also got excited about the Dolphins drafting Dion Jordan, soooo.

    I hope he gets well soon. He’s a great kid and a HOF talent. The Cowboys identity lately had been that O-line and it’s slowly falling apart, they can’t afford to lose its best player.

  3. As a person with M.S., I will tell you he will probably be diagnosed with M.S. in the next few years. They are easy to mistake. Gulliane-Barre is not a real diagnosis. It is what they pick if they cannot find anything else.

  4. good luck to you Travis, we are all praying for you. As for the one donkey that is putting the thumbs down on all the well wishes, i hope you don’t have to experience this illness but show some damn respect for someone who is ill.

  5. I’ve never heard of that disorder, does anyone know much about it? I have to include I hate the cowboys however, and more importantly, I’m glad it was diagnosed early and hopeful for his quick & safe recovery.

  6. not sure what bullhuntown is talking about. I’m a doc, GB is extremely real and typically patient completely recovers. best of luck Travis.the NFC east needs you
    -eagles fan extraordinaire

  7. Autoimmune disease effects ALOT of different things. It is your WHite blood cells attack everything, they attack your good cells. They think that there is an infection (which there really is not) and they just start attacking. Your white blood cells are your bodies personal army, your defender, but having autoimmune disease makes them “think” that something is going on even when there isnt. There is treatment but this can get worse as you get older with many more problems.
    Good luck Freddy! Stay positive stay strong and keep treatment.

  8. This is not good. None of this is good. Can’t form a line without a center. With C Frederick out for the foreseeable future, unsure of a return, backup C/G Martin out for the season, and starting G Martin hampered by knee injury, the Cowboys offensive line looks like it’s about to crumble. That does not bode well for the running game, nor the run-option pass, which are the focus of the planned offense. It’s going to be a long, long season for Dallas.

  9. GBS is a very real diagnosis, and a syndrome, not a disease. Like sceaglesfan states, full recovery is common, just takes the right medical care, medicines, and therapies. Chin up, Travis. Speedy recovery.

  10. My mother in law had that years ago. She didn’t get MS and is fine now. She can’t hike a ball to save her life though, so she can’t help the Cowboys if that’s what you’re thinking…

  11. Good luck Travis, you can do it. We are pulling for you.

    @vikingsvoice: How is your buddy doing? I trust he as gotten better.

    @ you thumb-down troll people: Sheesh. No wonder you are single and have no friends. You should really get back on your meds.

  12. GB nearly killed my dad. Tough to diagnose as it’s pretty rare and can be very debilitating. Glad they got it quick!

  13. Crazy. I am currently recovering from GBS and it’s been by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with but I am on track to make a full recovery. The comments saying it’s not a “real diagnosis” and he should be doing something other than playing football are ridiculous. Learn about the syndrome before you make stupid comments like this. Good luck to Travis and his family.

  14. I hope Travis can persevere and not only get his health back but be able to get back on the field.
    Wishing you the best sir, and a quick and full recovery.

  15. One of the lucky ones to catch it early. Sadly he will probably now always have chronic fatigue. It is brutal to live with. It if he recovers otherwise then that is still a good outcome. Glad to see he has the support he does!

  16. Horrible for this young man. You just never know what lies in store just around the corner … best of luck.

  17. This is why these poor guys have to fight for every cent when negotiating contracts, your whole life can change on a low block or a medical exam. Get well soon Frederick

  18. Eagles fan here wishing Travis a speedy recovery and a return back to his career. Hope Cowboys get all their injured folks back for the start of what is hopefully a great new season for everyone.

    Peace be with you all!

  19. Eagles fan here….hope he gets back in there soon. The rivalry is much better when everyone is at full strength. Health first, football second.

  20. There is no such thing as “full recovery” from an autoimmune disease at present. Remission is entirely possible though, there is a notable difference between the two. He definitely has a chance to continue his career with treatment, though he’ll always have to deal with the disease in some capacity. Autoimmune diseases have a myriad of ranges from fairly mild to lethal… all from the same disease. Best of luck to Travis in this battle.

  21. Assuming he recovers, it’s actually better than a neck injury as previously reported.
    Those make teams hesitant to take the risk of putting the player on the field.

  22. Football is secondary. Medical conditions like this are, unfortunately, reality. I was diagnosed with Lupus years ago, so I also know the grind of continuous doctor visits and a lifetime of medication. But medical technology is amazing these days, and I’m sure he will get the BEST care available.

    I know you most likely won’t be reading this, Mr. Frederick, but on the off-chance you do, good luck in your treatment and recovery.

  23. GBS is no joke. Hopefully he can recover fully. I know a good friend who went from being an ER nurse to using a walker for the rest of his life because of it. Prayers for Travis.

  24. 55 year plus Eagles fan here. Good luck Travis!!! I am sure you will be healthy in no time and back on the field for The Cowboys.

  25. From A Patriots Fan Best Wishes Goes Out To You Travis Frederick On A Full Speedy Recovery And A Clean Bill Of Health

  26. One of my co-workers had GB Syndrome and wound up passing away because it was detected too late. She was only 28 years old. I’m glad the doctors caught Travis Frederick’s case early enough and I hope he makes a full recovery.

  27. This is a very real thing. I suffer periodically from Myasthenia Gravis which has some of the same symptoms, and believe me, athletically, it removes your strength because you can’t fully fire your muscle.

  28. If there is a blessing to be had here, it is that they caught it early and that the guy is young and in good physical shape.

    I have known a few people who were diagnosed with that later on in life or in already compromised health. While not a knockout blow, I know it was difficult for them.

    Best of wishes to Travis and his family. In the interviews I have seen him do, he seems like a good dude.

  29. First of all, GBS is a VERY serious Syndrome. I have it, and I have had it for 56 years!Most people do not get this variant of it, but it isn’t something that you recouperate from in a matter of days or weeks! The disease in ANY form, strips the myelin sheath off the nerves in your body, weakening the body, until it stops. Most likely he was given IVIG treatments that give you some short term strength, but they wear off and then you are somewhat better, if your body is starting to heal, but not ANYTHING NEAR the capability of being able to play ball. I hope he has a mild form of it. If he does, he may be looking at starting back at practice, sometime next year. My heart goes out to him and his family.

  30. That’s similar to Venus Williams autoimmune disease. Hers is joint pain and arthritis which could become lupus. His attacks his nerves. Both cause extreme fatigue and is handled one day at a time. I wish him the best.

  31. edieredmann says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:32 am
    First of all, GBS is a VERY serious Syndrome. I have it, and I have had it for 56 years!Most people do not get this variant of it, but it isn’t something that you recouperate from in a matter of days or weeks! The disease in ANY form, strips the myelin sheath off the nerves in your body, weakening the body, until it stops. Most likely he was given IVIG treatments that give you some short term strength, but they wear off and then you are somewhat better, if your body is starting to heal, but not ANYTHING NEAR the capability of being able to play ball. I hope he has a mild form of it. If he does, he may be looking at starting back at practice, sometime next year. My heart goes out to him and his family.

    Like I posted, its a tragedy Travis has this disease but playing a violent sport like football becomes SECONDARY!!!

  32. Even though I hate all things Dallas with a passion this is bigger than football. We always want Dallas at full strength. Best of luck, Travis.

    side note: how crazy is it that his immune system is literally attacking itself? scary

  33. GBR is no joke and I can’t imagine having to deal with it like some of the commenters above do on a daily basis and how Frederick will have to cope. For anybody who doesn’t understand the significance of the disease, it is theorized that GBR is what restricted FDR to a wheelchair, not polio.

  34. bullhunktown says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Gulliane-Barre is not a real diagnosis.

    *******************************************************************************

    Hm, who to believe. Mayo Clinic, or some random person on PFT. Tough choice here.

  35. Wow, I hate to hear that for anyone. I’ve seen GBS just wreck people’s lives. I hope that doesn’t happen to Frederick, and I hope he beats this quickly and permanently.

  36. “GBR is no joke and I can’t imagine having to deal with it like some of the commenters above do on a daily basis and how Frederick will have to cope. For anybody who doesn’t understand the significance of the disease, it is theorized that GBR is what restricted FDR to a wheelchair, not polio.”

    ——–

    Guh. GBS. It’s early.

  37. isithockeyseasonyet says:

    August 22, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of that disorder, does anyone know much about it? I have to include I hate the cowboys however, and more importantly, I’m glad it was diagnosed early and hopeful for his quick & safe recovery.
    ———————————————–
    There’s this thing called GOOGLE!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Who the F down-votes people posting condolences and well wishes to a guy with a disease? You people really need to take a good look inward….

  39. Doctors know what they are doing. More than people who search the internet and make decisions about if a disease exists or not. So many autoimmune diseases affect every person in so many different ways. Treatment is different for everyone too. But each one makes the whole body feel horrible. When your body attacks itself no matter which disease it is, there is no way to feel normal. What makes it worse is the insensitivity of other people. Because you can’t SEE it, it’s assumed that it either doesn’t exist or you can’t feel as bad as you say. And yes, as posted above, you have good days and many more bad days as it’s a strange disease for the body to deal with. You go through what is called flares and it makes you very sick. He has a road ahead bc there is treatment for autoimmune but no cures. I certainly wish him the best!

  40. I had it about 15 years ago. With treatment, recovered fully in a about three months – and I was (and it seems like Frederick is also) one of the lucky ones in that it was slow progressing, caught early and reversed with IVIG treatment. In the worst cases, within 24 hours of first noticing the symptoms, people are fully paralyzed and on a respirator – but even they usually make full recoveries, it just takes a lot longer. GBS is very rarely fatal.

    But it’s no fun at all. Best of luck to him.

  41. elgranderojo79 says:

    There is no such thing as “full recovery” from an autoimmune disease at present”.

    You are 100% wrong. The body is a self-healing organism, yet the medical community gives the body little credit. Go read up on the Wahls protocol, where Terry Wahls FULLY recovered from MS. There may never be a “full recovery” medically speaking, but the body is much smarter than any MD will ever be.

  42. As someone who has spent the last year plus battling an autoimmune disease, I wish you nothing but the best. When your body turns on you, it can be very difficult. Good luck, and hope to see you back on the field.

  43. I hate the Cowboys as much as the next non-Dallas fan but the NFL is still just a game. It’s just entertainment and end of the day, nothing that happens this season or frankly any future season really matters in grand scheme of things. These guys are human just like the rest of of us. Should be a good reminder to all of us that no one is safe from potentially life-altering medical issues, not even the ‘biggest, baddest and toughest’, which any NFL player certainly is. One day you feel fine, the next day you’re not.

    I hate cheesy cliches almost as much as I hate the Cowboys, but ‘life is short.’ Remember to live, laugh and love while you can.

    Best of luck, Travis, I hope you get back to 100%, regardless of your football future. Just get well, Dolphins fan rooting for you.

  44. Co-worker of mine had this. He was off work for several months but eventually made a full recovery and has been back on the job ever since. It’s a mofo for anyone who has to go through it but thankfully, odds of coming out good on the other side are high.

  45. My prayers are with you. My father passed away back in 1971 from Guillain-Barre. He was only 29. Back then the only treatment was to put you in an oxygen tent and wait it out. Treatment has made leaps and bounds over the last 45+ years. Check out the Guillain-Barre Foundation for more information.

  46. I’d just like to use this platform once again to point out how many smatt-alecky-like remarks were posted when it was reported mri results were positive but Travis was seeking a 2nd & 3rd opinion

    One remarked,i guess he’ll keep looking until he finds an opinion he wants/likes”

    Not one word of concern or supposing that there might be more to it

    Well, here you go
    There is alot more to it

    Us fans & haters refuse to give people the level of respect & consideration we all desire & deserve

    AGAIN, young warrior Travis Frederick sir, continue to fight the good fight of faith

    Get well soon & God’s speed

  47. gophins

    Well said! I wish other people could rem this about life without something bad having to remind us. So many take so much for granted. They think settling for a negative life is better than working through things to end up on the happy fulfilled side….just bc in that moment settling is “easier”. It’s so sad. Life isn’t about being rich or even healthy sometimes. It’s about being whole inside and happy. When you know in your heart you’re not, then make yourself no matter what it takes. Don’t let all the good go because once you do it’s gone for good. Appreciate what you have bc you never know when it will be taken away and move forward with no regrets. If you have any regret, it’s never too late to make a change…until you die.

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