PLS HELP..friend's dad has CIDP

John Bajur - CNED/W94 jbajur at
Mon Jan 9 17:01:37 EST 1995

   Hello out there! I'm really hoping someone can shed some light on this 
situation. My best friend's father has been diagnosed with CIDP, or 
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy (should be CIDN ??? I 
dunno, this is what they wrote out for me). Anyway, it's apparently a 
lesser known thing; his doctor doesn't really seem too sure what to do.
   Symptoms range from numbness ("feels like a block of ice being rubbed 
up and down my back"), to intense pain in seemingly every nerve in his 
body. His doctor put him on some pretty heavy drugs, the effects of which 
were almost as bad as the pain (actually they didn't even help too much 
for the pain, but left him unable to do even the simplest arithmetic, and 
quite disoriented). My friend thinks his dad's doctor is an idiot, and 
that he should seek more advice from a specialist, but his dad swears by 
this family doctor and refuses to even consider anything unless 'the 
doctor' tells him.
    My question(s):
    Can anyone tell me anything about this disease ?
    Is there any 'new' research being done in this area?
    Is it possible that any of the following might help:

ANY info, or references will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 Rodent............ at ................rye

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