I was excited to find this site and joined as soon as I discovered it. Although new to the site I am not new to CIDP. My struggle began back in 2000 when I started to lose strength in my legs and my hands. It was one doctor's appointment after another for about 6 months until I realized that if whatever I had was curable that there would be a lot of damage that would be irreversible as I went on and on trying to get a diagnosis. I finally went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and two weeks later was given the diagnosis. I returned to Vermont where My neurologist started treatments. I started with the IVIg which was very effective the first time around. The second time I began the protocol it was discovered after a sudden cardiac event that Icould never use IVIg again. The next course of treatments was plasmapheresis and prednisone. I was on prdnizone for 9 years and went through a large number of the plasma exchange. Early into the battle I found that I was unable to work because of the disease, the treatments and the unstable moods caused by the prednisone. In 2005 I started getting the upper hand over the CIDP so I returned to the workforce. My last plasma exchange was in 2009. The symptoms of the disease faded away and I stopped taking prednisone in 2010(a great day indeed). For five years it seemed that the CIDP was gone. The disease returned with a vengeance about 5 months ago. I have cut my hours of work back to less than 8 hours a week. I begin treatments again tomorrow. I can no longer use prednisone and plasmapheresis is no longer a practical treatment as a result of where I live and how difficult it is to have them in SC. The new treatments will be in surge steroid treatments administered intravenously. I have no idea what to expect but I go into the new treatments with guarded optimism. I look forward to finding out how others have done after these treatments.