Reply To: Newly diagnosed

October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Hi GH,
After testing (EMGs, Cat Scan, comprehensive blood tests, etc) the neurologist has ruled out everything else and is telling me it’s CIDP.  The neuro asked that I schedule the last appt of the day at his office.  He wants to be able to spend some time with me.  That said, I want to be as informed as possible when I go in there and I want to push for treatment as soon as possible.  My left side is much worse than my right side with obvious muscle loss in the left leg.  But, both sides are affected.  I have zero reflexes in both arms and legs and numbness in both feet and hands.  I did wonder how aroma therapy, massage, and hypnosis could help.  I found that some people use these along with treatment and wondered how they help.  In my research I found that Cymbalta, although an anti depressant, helps with numbness and neuropath.  Also wondering if others have tried Cymbalta and if it helped.  Have you tried IVIG?  If so, did you see improvement? Thanks so much for the response!  I am trying to stay positive. Ev