Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) in Young Adults

Does neuropathy only affect older adults? Neuropathy, a condition often associated with the elderly, is not limited by age. While it’s true that the risk of neuropathy increases with advancing years, it’s crucial to recognize that neuropathy can also affect younger adults, presenting unique challenges and considerations. Although diabetes is one of the biggest factors associated with neuropathy, other autoimmune conditions, genetic factors, chemotherapy and infections can cause neuropathy in younger adults. One type of neuropathy that is more common among young adults is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).

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What is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy?

CIDP is a neurological condition marked by gradual weakening and diminished sensation in the legs and arms. CIDP can manifest across various age groups and affect individuals of any gender, although it exhibits a higher incidence in young adult males.

Symptoms of CIDP

  • Sensations of tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Weakening of the arms and legs
  • Reduced reflexes when muscles are stretched
  • Experiencing fatigue or a sense of tiredness
  • Unusual sensations in the body

This disorder shares a close association with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition where the immune system targets the nerves, and CIDP is considered the prolonged phase of this ailment.

Diagnosis of CIDP

  • Blood tests
  • Physical examination
  • Nerve conduction velocity test
  • Neurological examination
  • Urine tests

Treatment of CIDP

Given its autoimmune nature, medical professionals employ medications that dampen the immune reaction to address CIDP. Your treatment plan is based on your unique needs and closely tracks your advancements. CIDP treatment options encompass immunosuppressive medications, steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin and plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) to eliminate immune system proteins from the bloodstream.

Living with CIDP as a young adult

Without seeking treatment for CIDP, symptoms are likely to progressively worsen over the span of several years. These symptoms can encompass sensory issues like tingling and numbness, as well as weakness and compromised balance.

For individuals facing lasting physical impairments, the role of physical therapy becomes crucial. Besides physical impairments, it is also important to take care of one’s mental health. Living with a chronic illness as a young adult can be frustrating. However, with a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan, you can manage your condition and ease your pain.

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What is CIDP?

CIDP is a neurological condition marked by gradual weakening and diminished sensation in the legs and arms.

What is the connection between CIDP and Guillain-Barré syndrome?

This disorder shares a close association with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition where the immune system targets the nerves, and CIDP is considered the prolonged phase of this ailment.

What are symptoms of CIDP?

Sensations of tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes
Weakening of the arms and legs
Reduced reflexes when muscles are stretched
Experiencing fatigue or a sense of tiredness
Unusual sensations in the body

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