Welcome to this week’s
Power of Possible, brought to you by UConn Health. Starting around May I started noticing slowly things weren’t as easy as they were before. I couldn’t open the gas cap
on a car as I filled it. I couldn’t open a new jar, I couldn’t get up out of a chair anymore. Dennis has a fairly rare condition called chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a rare, autoimmune disease that affects the peripheral nerves. We do see a fair amount of
CIDP within our clinic, and we’re familiar with the treatment and prognosis,
and we like to get those patients in early so we can
treat them as early as possible. With this EMG test, I was able to arrive at his diagnosis
right away. Dr. Imperioli was able to determine that the sheathing and the insulation
around my nerves was starting to get degraded. Dennis is continuing ongoing therapy. He’s getting IVIG currently. After the first treatment
I was able to get up, move around, go to the bathroom,
get up off the bed. And now he’s walking and is back to doing everything that he
was doing before. After all the health issues
I’ve had, I’m doing pretty good now. I can move around.
I can lift things. Dennis’ case is a perfect example of what’s possible with treatment
at UConn Health. Join us next time for Power of Possible brought
to you by UConn Health.