I have always had neuropathy as my cheif complaint maybe because it is the scariest. I had guillian barre syndrome 7 years ago and have had MRIs that showed cervical lessions and EMGs showing demyelination. my neuropathy is ascending, symetrical and peripheral. it also relapses and remits and seems autonomous from the other symptoms. I was inches away from a diagnosis of CIDP, which is like the peripheral counter part to MS that effects the central nervous system, when the ANA came back possitive after 7 years of tests. the doctor thinks it might be a red herring but wants me to see a rheumatologist before he starts with expensive IVIG treatments. the thing is that lupus does fit. the unexplained fevers, the different bouts of pain, swollen lymph node. I had always wondered why outside heat made me weak but hot tube heat did not until i thoought duh photosensitivity.
How can they tell the differnce between chronic relapsing polineuropathy and lupus mediated neuropathy?
WHat are some of your experiences with neuropathy?
does demylination occur with lupus as well?