CIDP after MIlitary/Radiation

    • February 7, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      I got diagnosed with CIDP recently. The odd thing is that I am one of 2 people at my work diagnosed with this condition. We work with RF radiation. We also were both in the military where we were also exposed to RF radiation. I am trying to see if there is a relation of CIDP and radiation. Does anyone else that was exposed to RF radiation and was diagnosed with CIDP or know anyone else who has? IF so please share your story.

    • jk
      February 7, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      I am unable to recall anyone on this forum reporting this type of exposure causing their CIDP? Further, wouldn’t you agree that the primary effect of Radio Frequency radiation is heating of body cells, all the cells?

      Given the high number of people likely exposed to RF radiation or x-ray radiation or nuclear ionizing radiation it is unlikely that any of these are a direct cause of CIDP.

      Rather, what other types of exposure are there in common? A PubMedHealth article includes this:

      The cause of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy is an abnormal immune response. The specific triggers vary. In many cases, the cause cannot be identified.

      It may occur with other conditions, such as:

      Autoimmune disorders
      Chronic hepatitis
      Inflammatory bowel disease
      Systemic lupus erythematosus
      Paraneoplastic syndrome
      Side effects of medicines to treat cancer or HIV

      It seems unlikely that the heating effects of RF radiation would affect your immune system in a way to alter it and not damage other cells as well. Yet, who knows?

    • GH
      February 8, 2015 at 3:45 am

      I’ve never heard of such a connection and I doubt there is one. Most cases of CIDP have unknown origin. The important thing is to treat it, not to speculate about possible cause.