CIDP – How is it treated? What can you do if a loved one or child is diagnosed?

Regular follow ups with your primary care doctor and neurologist can help to manage ongoing aspects of this disease and address exacerbations before they have time to progress.  Many times, patients who are suffering from a flare of CIDP symptoms undergo treatment with corticosteroids, infusions of immunoglobulin therapies (IVIg), plasma exchange immunosuppresent drugs, or even physical therapy.  Although none of these things cure the disease, they can help reduce a flare or stop worsening of symptoms.  Treatments may include a hospital stay to get symptoms under control and to rest in a safe and controlled environment.

CIDP is a frustrating and at times painful disease to live with, and it can also be tough to watch a loved one or child experience it.  For some helpful ideas on what you can do as a caregiver for someone with CIDP, check out this page at the GBS-CIDP Foundation Internation site:

http://www.gbs-cidp.org/home/cidp/loved-one-or-friend-with-cidp/

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