It is likely that your symptoms of CIDP mean that for some months and sometimes years you can no longer follow the same life-style or do all the things you used to do. It is natural to mourn the loss of these. However CIDP does not mean your life has come to a stop. It may mean that you have to adapt to a different life-style that suits your own capabilities and limits. When possible think positively. It is essential to turn ourselves to our capabilities rather than our inabilities. This takes a great deal of effort, determination and often courage. It is far better to achieve the possible than to fail the impossible.
What You can Do to Help Yourself
You should follow as healthy a life-style as possible. This will help to prevent other illnesses and infections that have been shown to trigger relapses. A nutritionally balanced diet will ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you require. There is no evidence of any special dietary requirements for CIDP sufferers. It is sensible to keep your weight down, since more weight is more difficult for weak legs to carry.
Regular exercise is important for overall health, and should be taken according to individual limits and capabilities. Over exertion causes fatigue. However, a little regular exercise will help to minimise muscle wastage and give you a good feeling of well being. Any form of exercise that you enjoy and can comfortably follow will prove beneficial. Ask your physiotherapist to show you. Adequate rest periods are essential to avoid fatigue. Stress and tension may irritate the symptoms of CIDP and relaxation will allow you to unwind and recharge.
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