As a GBS survivor for what happened to me more than 7 yrs ago, I implore you to radically dial back your expectations as to what you expect your body to be able to do. First of all, do NOT push yourself at this point in time. You are barely 2 months out from having had GBS, type not identified. Depending on how incapacitated you became( also not identified), your body needs recovery time no matter your age..
I am sure you can now agree walking 1/4 mile 17 days post hospital discharge was Not a smart thing to do. Trying to keep up with family and friends for the sake of is also not a well reasoned decision to have made. Pushing yourself physically for the sake of not holding anyone back or in an attempt to regain your previous physical ability so soon after having had the GBS is Unwise.
It is too early for you to be able to ID what your new "normal" is at this point. . GBS causes damage, period. It remains to be seen if you will or won't have residual effects from the GBS you had that were significant enough you required being hospitalized. I strongly encourage you to focus on smaller reachable goals requiring less physical expenditure and then very very slowly try building up your energy level and endurance.
GBS damages nerves and muscles that may or may not be permanent. Your body truly is still dealing with the effects of being under physical attack. 2 mos down the line and you report 50% numbness from your belly button to your feet and wobbling after walking 1/4 miles that lasted for what appears to be at least 2 days. That is your body telling you it can't handle the degree of activity you used to do without a second thought. You are Not ready to get back to the same level of activity you had before the GBS hit you at this point. And, it must have hit you like a freight train since you required hospitalization for it.
Not meaning to be a Gloomy Gus, you need to seriously realize the effect of just how profoundly the GBS type you had was on your body. Doesn't sound like you are in tune with that at this time which is understandable as it takes time to process having had a trauma .And yes, GBS ranks right up there as a physical trauma. Do focus on much smaller goals like not walking 1/4 of a mile for a while.
Have you been medically cleared to begin any outpatient PT yet? Speak with your MD to see if that is the case now. If the answer is No and he didn't tell you why not, call and find out. Perhaps after looking at your hospital records he thinks you need more recovery time at home first.
There are other avenues to try from a Rehab perspective. Did you get the All Clear Medically to drive yourself anywhere yet? Can you handle resuming All the household level tasks you did prior to the GBS hitting you without almost collapsing from the effort of doing so?.
I can say with all truthfulness GBS hits you with the sneaky finesse of a runaway freight train when symptoms begin. Stands to reason you are going to need time and adequate rest to recover from the GBS your posting says you experienced that warranted being hospitalized for in the first place no matter how personally frustrating that may be.
I am not saying you can't ever return to the active lifestyle you used to have. I am saying your body will force you to stop if the pace of getting back to what you consider to be a more normal activity level now is more than it can handle. Unfortunately, post GBS there is No Reset button as much as that would be ever so wonderful to have in order to get all the way back to the way things used to be for you. There are no guarantees.
Your body needs you to pace yourself. You need to have adequate rest/down time, keep your food intake and hydration up and everything else will fall into line altho maybe not as quickly as you prefer it to be. Obtain PT services, Land and Pool based as available where you live. Let the therapists decide on the pace of any rehab program and abide by it.
Yes, it is frustrating not to be able to jump right back into the physical routine of your life before the GBS hit you. Yes, it is very possible the GBS caused nerve and muscle damage the extent to which you can't know right now. Hopefully, not permanently. But, there is always the chance same might be.
Check out the posts in this site from people who had GBS and read their comments. Be more patient and kinder to your body- it really needs you to be that way now more than ever.
Good luck with your ongoing recovery,