What are the Symptoms of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 28, 2012

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  • The symptoms of CIDP include numbness, tingling, and weakness.
  • The symptoms generally occur in the feet first.
  • And they gradually ascend to involve other parts of the body.
  • The severity and the combination of symptoms vary.

The symptoms of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy include numbness, tingling, burning and weakness, generally occurring in the feet first and they gradually ascend to involve other parts of the body.  

One of the first signs that could develop is a foot drop, where patients develop weakness in their ankles and as a result, tend to trip over their feet, or they could develop numbness and tingling in the soles and toes which gradually spreads to the other parts of the body.  

Other organs could also become involved with CIDP, including inability to adequately empty the bladder, nausea, vomiting, abdominal fullness or bloating, diarrhoea, or constipation, low blood with dizziness, or trouble maintaining an erection.  The severity and the combination of symptoms vary.  Some could have numbness and tingling only, others could jus have weakness.  


The symptoms of CIDP are as follows:

  • Loss of strength and sensation on the limbs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness, pins and needles sensation
  • Poor Balance on Body
  • Trembling of the hands when reaching anything

At times, related physical symptoms also include:

  • Signs of cranial nerve (CN) involvement
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Motor deficits
  • Diminished or absent deep tendon reflexes
  • Sensory deficits
  • Impaired coordination

Some patients are severely affected and they could become completely paralyzed and have severe numbness and tingling.  Others have a very slow progression with mild disease. These patients often complain of difficulty with walking.  They develop poor balance and cannot walk for long periods of time.

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