The Most Common CIDP Symptoms

The symptoms of CIDP are not very different from the symptoms you see in other kinds of neuropathies seen in doctors offices. If your doctor states you have neuropathy, it is quite possible that it is CIDP. The most common symptoms are: 1) progressive weakness of legs and 2) numbness and tingling of the feet and legs.

1. The weakness can be felt by the patient as: — unsteadiness, clumsy feet, two left feet, difficulty walking straight, unsteady climbing stairs, legs fatigue, legs buckling, cramps and spasms, foot drop, floppy feet/leg, toes are not moving well, unstable feet and legs.

2. The Numbness can be felt by patient as — burning, tingling, ache, pins and needles, walking on stone or pins, gabbing and grabbing pain, loss of sensation, strange sensations and pain that can be on and off, worse at night, mild, moderate or severe pain.

3. Due to weakness and numbness patient may have problems with gait and balance and may be dependent on cane, walker or wheel chair

4. There can be discoloration, dark pigmentation, atrophy and skin changes in feet.

5. The symptoms can be symmetrical on both sides and sometimes they can only affect one side or one side is affected more than the other side.

6. In majority of cases its a slow progressive condition and in some cases it can be ongoing for several years.

It is quite common that the patient has seen a Neurologist who has even done a Nerve Conduction Test (NCV Test) and still missed the diagnosis of CIDP.

Not all neurologists are experienced in diagnosing CIDP type of neuropathy.

Diagnosis is frequently delayed by several months or even years, resulting in significant nerve damage that may limit and delay the response to therapy.

CIDP can be misdiagnosed as

1.  Neuropathy only (under-diagnosed)

2. Fibromyalgia

3. Arthritis

4. Lupus

5. Stress

6. Nerve pinch

7. Spine aging

8. Radiculopathy

9. Lumbar spine disease

10. Muscle pain

11. Peripheral arterial disease

12. Aging / Getting old.

Neuropathy can be treated and sometimes cured with IVIG treatment.