Reply To: Joint Pains

April 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I have pain in most of my joints. In January of 2009 I awoke one morning with terrible pain and swelling at the base of my left thumb. A couple of days later, it spread to the right thumb. It came and went over the years before settling in pretty constantly for the last six months or so. I also have experienced hip, knee, shoulder, back, and especially neck pain and headaches. I began suffering increased CIDP symptoms throughout 2009, and was diagnosed in April of 2010. I was on IVIG until January of this year. Interestingly, the IVIG seemed to really help with the joint pain, as well as the pain, numbness, and tingling in my legs and feet.

I think that to some extent we with CIDP are all unique. It never seems to present the exact same symptoms to any two people. But you and your joint pain are not alone. You might want to check with a rheumatologist to rule out any other possible cause of your joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Check into getting onto an anti-inflammatory medication. I take meloxicam every day to help with my joint pain.

My theory is that the joint pain associated with CIDP is caused by some auto-immune response, as is the CIDP itself.