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What is CIDP? Polyneuropathy
The feeling that you were in constant pain and could not take a
step without tumbling to the ground. No feeling in your hands
and cannot move your arms or legs? The person cannot breathe.
There is numbness, burning and feeling like your skin is thick.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) attacks
the nervous system and can cause painful, stinging, needle-like
sensations along with numbness and weakness. The cause is
autoimmune, but it can be associated with HIV and Lupus which
also are autoimmune.
Unfortunately, for the more than 20 million people in the United
States diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, this is their
difficult reality. Peripheral Neuropathy is the general term
used to describe disorders resulting from injury to the
peripheral nerves. Some neuropathies come on suddenly; others
gradually over many years. The symptoms depend on the types of
nerves affected and their location, but the problem usually
starts with weakness, numbness or pain.
Since anything that damages the peripheral nerves can cause
neuropathy, there are many different types and many causes. Some
diseases affect only the peripheral nerves; others also affect
other parts of the body.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a
type of neuropathy that can cause progressive weakness, numbness
and impaired balance. It is usually a chronic condition and may
require long term treatment. Although the exact cause is not
know, CIDP is an autoimmune disorder. The immune system protects
against disease by fighting off infections with viruses and
bacteria, however in CIDP, the body’s immune system, attacks the
nerves, resulting in weakness and numbness. The disease
progresses either with repeated attacks, called relapses, or in
a stepwise or steady fashion. One of the greatest challenges
presented by CIDP is proper diagnosis. More than 50% of those
with CIDP have an atypical form of the disease, which can make
diagnosis difficulty, delaying treatment, and allowing the
disease to progress unnecessarily
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