IVIG — Worse Before Better
Although everyone’s experience is different, it is not uncommon for someone starting IVIG to feel worse — especially after that first loading dose. You are receiving quite a lot of IVIG when you load, and your body simply has never experienced that before. I developed aseptic meningitis after my loading dose and was so sick I thought I would die. I had to force myself to accept my next treatment, but my body adjusted, and now I wouldn’t care to think what my life would be like without Gamunex. Even now my symptoms will worsen slightly for a short period of time after an infusion, but it’s worth it. My last EMG in October showed that the treatments not only had stopped the progression of my CIDP, but I actually was showing improved nerve function. Hang in there.