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.
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.
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