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IVIG & CIDP: IVIG is a special immune-modulatory treatment used for illnesses like myasthenia, AIDP (Guillain-Barre), and CIDP. CIDP is an illness that causes numbness and weakness by affected the nerves of the body. Trouble walking is a common problem with CIDP. It is a long-term, progressive condition that is sometimes mitigated by IVIG. ...Read more
I either have mmn or cidp. I get ivig 2 days a month My sensory nerves are getting better but my motor nerves aren't is there additional treatment ?
YOU NEED TO KNOW: Points to emphasize: 70% respond to IVIG, it may take many months to stabilize strength, over time may be best to consider additions of Cell-cept or Imuran (azathioprine) to the IVIG, MMN is different from CIDP and needs to be specifically pinned down. If you are not improving, time for a second opinion at a nearby medical school. ...Read more
Not necessary but: It is not necessary to continue ivig treatment in patients withchronic inflammatory demyelenating polyneuropathy there are other drugs like steroids, immunosuppressant drugs, plasmaphoresis and physiotherapy. Ivig is the initial treatment.But every case is different and depends on the response to therapy.Discuss with your treating doctors what is best for you. ...Read more
Not directly: Cidp affects motor nerve function, and typically does not disturb the autonomic nervous system directly. Secondary weakness or sensory issues do occur, which could interfere, and medication adverse events could influence sexual function, but most of this can be readily stabilized, allowing resumption of normal activity. ...Read more
Will address CIDP: Short for chronic inflammatory demyelinating poly-radiculo-neuritis, an immune condition of the peripheral nervous system. If you do have it, and we have seen it associated with diabetes, it should best be treated with intravenous immune globulin. Should do just fine and live a normal life if all of this is treated and controlled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is not premalignant and i've never heard of it being a warning of hidden cancer. But it is very troublesome. Congratulations are in order for your physicians for making the call -- it is often missed. I hope that you are able to get proper care -- much is available but it is intense and costly. Good luck. ...Read more