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CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is a rare auto-immune disease. Treatment is often IVIG but now there is a shortage
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Numbness, weakness and tingling of arms, hands, legs and feet. Often, very painful and many patients need canes, walkers or wheelchairs. Nerve pain and burning are intense, as are the muscle cramps. Weakness prevents patients from walking and getting up from a chair or toilet. Stairs are a huge challenge. Many people experience brain fog and lack of coordination in fine and gross motor skills.
The huge problem is that one of the treatments is IVIG, and there is a national shortage of the drug so many patients are suffering even worse. Many people get IVIG infusions every 4 to 6 weeks, but patients are being told there is no medication and the condition deteriorates very quickly.
I am suggesting you do a segment on this disease so there is more national awareness and people who are unaffected can donate plasma to enable patients to get their medication.