What is CIDP disease?
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a disease that affects your body’s nerves. A person develops CIPD when Merlin, which is an important part of the peripheral nervous system gets damaged. The damage caused in merlin can disrupt the message transmitted from the brain. Symptoms may vary however the most common symptom is feeling tired and having areas of numbness and pain. Proper treatment is vital in this condition because there are high chances that the symptoms might return a while after the treatment.
Anyone can be affected by this disease however older adults are more prone to having them. Also, men have a greater chance of getting it than women, around 40,000 men have been affected by CIPD
Causes of CIDP
The main cause of CIPD is not yet found, but many scientists believe it occurs due to the inflammation of nerves and nerve roots. When merlin, which acts as a protective shield is destroyed due to the swelling. It damages the nerve fiber and decreases the nerve ability to send signals. CIDP is categorized under autoimmune disease as autoimmune disease happens when the body’s natural defense is affected.
In simple words, autoimmune diseases occur when our body’s defense structure starts attacking the healthy tissues of the body instead of the invading organisms. The root cause of autoimmune diseases is not discovered yet.
When To See a Doctor?
CIDP begins gradually and becomes acute over time. Symptoms may vary from person to person, however, the most common symptoms can be:
Dizziness and impaired coordination
Initial limb weakness, both proximal and distal
Tingling and numbness of hands and feet
Motor symptoms (usually predominant)
Treatment For CIDP Disease
There are a lot of traditional treatment methods like Immunotherapy, Corticosteroids, etc that have been used to slow down the immune system from attacking the myelin. But none have been very efficient and long-lasting. On the other hand, cell-based therapies have shown promising results. In cell-based therapies, the doctors inject healthy cells to reset the immune system. The cells are extracted from the blood, fat tissues, etc.
These cell-based treatments have proved to be long-lasting as the patients who opted for this therapy have not required any additional therapy. The treatment is also safe as your body’s cells are used. The cells are effective as they are the natural healing resource of our bodies.
If you have observed any of the symptoms you should not ignore it and must consult to get the help from the specialized physicians.