CIDP is treatable but can get progressively worse without treatment

Initially, people with CIDP may simply be aware that it takes more effort to do the things they used to do, but over several months the symptoms may progress to the point that they may no longer be able to perform simple daily activities such as climbing stairs, walking without assistance, or lifting objects overhead.1

WITHOUT TREATMENT

  • Symptoms associated with CIDP take several months or longer to peak1
  • Without any treatment, you could have permanent nerve damage leading to disability2
WITH TREATMENT

  • If CIDP is caught early enough, the goal of treatment will be to increase physical coordination, strength, balance, and quality of life
  • Once you are on therapy and responding to treatment, you and your doctor will determine the length of therapy
  • If you and your doctor find that you are responding to treatment, there may be a decision to take you off therapy. However, there is a potential for your symptoms to disappear for a period of time and then worsen again several months later—this is called relapse3
  • If you feel any symptoms return, contact your doctor immediately

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stories of cidp

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References:

1. Koski CL. CIDP: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. Narberth, PA: GBS/CIDP Foundation International; 2012. 2. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy. University of Rochester Medical Center website. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=134&ContentID=210. Accessed January 9, 2017. 3. Evers E, Hughes R, Rinaldi S. CIDP and the Chronic Variants. Sleaford, UK: Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN); 2017.