Reply To: new member with questions

July 14, 2006 at 6:38 pm

Dear Crystal:

Welcome to our family.

If your husband was treated with IVIG or plasmapherises then there isn’t just a whole lot that can be done at this time. If your husband isn’t getting worse, then the IVIG or the Plasmapherises did its job.

At some point your husband should be given physical therapy to bring back the muscles that have atrophied. If the nerves aren’t working, there isn’t a whole lot of point in exercising the muscles beyond range of motion exercises.

At this point, maybe your husband would be better off with physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in nerves, muscles, and recovery) instead of a neurologist.

Crystal, I understand your frustration, but there isn’t a doctor in the world who can make your husband’s nerves heal. Only time and the body’s natural healing processes can male the nerves any better. The good news is that almost everyone gets better. The healing process is going to take months or years, not days and weeks. Be patient and the healing will happen sure enough.

Please know that you and your husband are not alone.