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Katelin Harris

How To Care for Someone With CIDP

The diagnosis of any ailment can be difficult for not only the patient but their caregivers as well. For those who suffer from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or CIDP, it’s no different. However, having a better understanding of the illness can benefit both the person living with the disease and their loved ones by helping them cope with what they have to deal with on a daily basis.

What is CIDP?

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Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, also known as CIDP, is a rare disease that causes sensory loss and severely impacts mobility. A CIDP diagnosis can come as a shock initially, but it’s important to have a full concept of what to expect from living with this ailment. CIDP occurs when an autoimmune response causes the body to attack myelin, the protective covering of the peripheral nerves. Nerve damage ensues followed by symptoms including weakness in the limbs and a loss of sensation and reflexes that could ultimately result in paralysis.

CIDP is an extremely rare disorder that is diagnosed in only five to seven people out of 100,000. It’s often confused with Guillain-Barre syndrome because of the similarity in symptoms. While both are autoimmune diseases that impact myelin, CIDP symptoms can take longer to develop and present themselves compared to those of Guillain-Barre. In fact, CIDP is only diagnosed if the symptoms present themselves for eight weeks or longer.

Treating CIDP

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Since CIDP is an autoimmune disease, prescribed treatments often work to suppress the immune response that is causing the attack of myelin. This includes corticosteroids to suppress the immune system, as well as intravenous immune globulin. IVIG is intended to infuse antibodies into the blood. Doctors may also recommend plasmapheresis to remove harmful antibodies. Physical therapy is also suggested in certain cases to help improve mobility. This will help to build physical strength, balance, and coordination to provide an improved quality of life.

Typical CIDP comes with limitations, such as transport. In some circumstances, patients have turned to car auctions to find buyers for their vehicles that they can no longer use. Buyers can find great vehicles at wholesale prices by participating in an online auction. Money made from the better bid in a live auction can be put toward IVIG treatment and other care for CIDP. A high bidder can provide opportunities that may not be fully covered by health insurance. For example, immunotherapy drugs can be used to interrupt the immune system to help stop it from attacking the myelin. There’s also the possibility of stem cell transplant, effectively resetting the body and its responses to various diseases.

Tips for Patients and Caregivers

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Dealing with the symptoms of CIDP and the side effects of certain treatments can be overwhelming for the patient and their caretakers, but it’s important to have a support system in place to embrace each day with the illness. Asking for and accepting help can be difficult; however, a healthy physical and emotional environment is needed for CIDP patients to thrive. A CIDP patient needs to be able to take care of themselves, becoming fluent in the ailment by consulting with a healthcare provider and doing further research to make sure that they are getting appropriate care. Self-care is what fuels proper treatment, as simple as eating well and getting enough sleep.

It’s important for a patient to have outlets to vent their feelings after their diagnoses. You can contact a local CIDP chapter to have an understanding of what to anticipate as both patient and caregiver. Specialists can provide some insight into the pain and paralysis that may be associated with CIDP. Open wavelengths of communication, talking, and listening from the onset can be a game-changer when making sure that those dealing with this disorder are in the best place possible.

Best Fall Fashion Trends for Petite Women

Fall is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to update your wardrobe for the season. As a petite woman, it can be hard to find clothes that fit well and flatter your figure, so we’ve put together a list of fashion tips to bring your fall wardrobe from drab to fab!

1. Rock that lipstick moment.

Sometimes all it takes to elevate a look is the right lipstick. While glossy lips are fine on occasion, no fall look is complete without that perfect matte lipstick as the cherry on top. But how do you know which is the best matte lipstick for you? Well, that depends on what kind of statement you’re going for. Rocking a bold red lip shows that you are confident and ready to own the day, while a toned-down matte lip that compliments your skin tone shows that you are put-together and take the time to pay attention to the finer details in life. And you get bonus points if you don’t have to reapply after your morning latte.

2. The petite section is your friend.

While you might feel yourself gravitating toward the typical women’s section when you shop, there’s a chance that if you find something you love it won’t fit just right. If you are under 5’4″, the petite section is far more likely to have clothes that fit you well and compliment your frame. Petite-specific fashion like Chico’s petites has plenty of sale items and other merchandise that will save you the trouble of hemming and taking in every garment you buy and allow you to wear clothes that are on-trend without them not quite fitting the way they should. This doesn’t mean that you can’t shop in other sections of the store. If you find a standard-sized top that you love, pair it with jeggings or a skirt meant to fit your body shape and flaunt it!

3. When in doubt, layer it.

Because petite sections can be limited, there’s a chance that you will have to rely on standard-sized clothing some of the time. If you notice that a top doesn’t quite hug your body the way it should just pair it with a cute cardigan and an infinity scarf! And if you just can’t stop lusting over that cold-shoulder maxi dress every time you walk past it, pair it with high heeled boots and use a waist belt to gather the shape and accentuate your curves. Drape some long necklaces over the look if it’s a solid print to give it a little more life, and you’ve got the perfect look.

4. Highlight your best features.

If you’ve got a killer waist or a chest that you’re proud of, don’t be afraid to dress around that! There is no reason for you to hide your best assets behind a look that suits someone else’s body shape. When you have a smaller frame sometimes styles like baggy boho jeans or a maxi dress that drags on the floor can make you look like a kid trying on their mother’s clothes rather than a woman who is put-together and cares about how she looks. Think about what you love most about your body and make sure you’ve got at least a few fall pieces that accentuate that!

Although the fashion industry mostly caters to a specific body type (tall and thin), the industry is changing with every season, bringing new ways to dress bodies of all types. Even if you have to shop at one store for your tops and another for your pants, don’t be afraid to try a few looks to see what works best for you. And remember, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing as long as you’ve got the confidence to wear it well.