Chronic inflammatorydemyelinating polyneuropathy
CIDP is a short term that is used for the condition calledchronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. This is autoimmune disorderof the peripheral nervous system, and its main characteristics are that peoplewho suffers from it will gradually begin to experience problems with motorsensory, and they will begin to lose sensation in the legs and in the arms. Thishappens due to the fact that the nerves are damaged or destroyed and they donot react to electrical impulses as they are supposed to. Since it is progressive and since it has number of similar symptoms to another progressive inflammatoryneuropathy Guillain-Bare syndrome it is considered to be the chronic type of it.
Even though this is a very rare condition, and even thoughit is sometimes very hard to diagnose it several causes of CIDP have beenidentified so far. Some of them are problems related to the immune system someof them are related to the genetics and the change in genes while it is alsoknown that some drugs and chemicals may cause this type or peripheral neuropathy.
Is there a cure?
When it comes to the treatment of this disease, the fact isthat it can never be predicted how the disease will develop in the individualcase and how the individual will react on the treatment. The truth is thatmany patients recover from CIDP successfully especially if the condition isdiagnosed at an early stage but on the other side there are those who do notmanage to fight off this disease at all or to fight it off without anyconsequences left. Most commonly such consequences are related to the numbness,tremors, tiredness, as well as many other symptoms that affect the quality oflife and mobility of the person.
Despite the fact that each case is different, the process ofthe treatment consists of several elements. Corticosteroids are a part of thestandard therapy, as well as immunosuppressants, whether cytotoxic ornon-cytotoxic. When immunoglobulin has to be used it is given intravenously,and it has turned out that it stops CIDP from relapse. Sometimes plasmapheresisor the exchange of plasma will also have to be included in the treatment sinceit proved to be very effective. What also proved to be extremely helpful in thetreatment of the people who suffers from this disease is the combination ofphysical therapy and massage.