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Does anyone have a treatment for Neuropathy due to chemo

Posted by @rlcarson in Cancer, Oct 22, 2013

Does anyone have a treatment for Nueropathy due to chemo

Tags: chemo, Chemotherapy, side effects, neuropathy

marijo

Posted by @marijo, May 2, 2014

Wow! You have waited a long time for a response. Do you still have neuropathy? I have it in my shoulder which spasms into neck and arm. Take gabapentin and baclofen..and an oxycotin to aid sleep at night.

Posted by @Margaret_Marie, May 2, 2014

Hi @rlcarson. Here's some information about lifestyle and home remedies for neuropathy: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20019948. I hope this helps.

Posted by @smness, May 9, 2014

@rlcarson Chemotherapy induced neuropathy can be a side effect that is a challenge to address. The Living with Cancer Blog also has a long discussion on this with some great suggestions from our healthcare team as well as patients (link here) http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/expert-blog/chemotherapy-neuropathy/bgp-20056305. Also, we have a clinical trial open in Rochester, MN using "scrambler therapy" that might be an option for you- http://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cts-00103621

user_ch1df4426

Posted by @user_ch1df4426, Mon, Mar 21 at 9:21pm CST

Neuropathy

I have been treated for multiple mylenoma and during the time of being on chemo I have developed neuropathy in my feet and finger tips of my left hand. It feels like my feet are freezing or numb is this a normal, when I accidentally bump into anything with my foot the pain is incredibly painful, is this normal?

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Tue, Mar 22 at 1:56pm CST

Hi @user_ch1df4426, welcome to Connect.
My dad developed neuropathy from chemo treatments too. It can be quite painful. Here's some further information about peripheral neuropathy http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/basics/definition/con-20019948

Are you finished chemo now?

I'm also tagging @martid @jerrybecker @philippe who have also talked about managing chemo-related neuropathy here on Connect. I hope they will share their thoughts and experiences with you.

martid

Posted by @martid, Tue, Mar 22 at 6:31pm CST

I developed peripheral neuropathy in both feet and both hands about the end of the 2nd month of chemo - from the Taxotere. I am 2 years and 3 months out of treatment. Often they take you off of the drug that is causing it, but due to the nature of my cancer and the treatment regime, I toughed it out. They had me taking both B6 and B12, but I do not think it did much. I have since read that B6 may not be good to take - so please check with your doctor before doing either of them. I also have taken Gabapentin and did feel some minor improvement in my feet. It was not enough to put up with the side effects, however. It made me very dizzy, even in small amounts, and I stayed on it for only a few months.
Initially my tingling covered only my toes and the balls of my feet; plus it feels like there is a pad of sand wedged up under my toes, which affects my balance. Now it goes to almost the back of my foot on both feet. I also have pain sometimes and yes, it hurts a lot if I hit the wrong spot. Other spots, I can not feel anything but the constant tingle. They are always cold. I have forced myself to walk and can do so as long as I am careful. I can now walk a mile without too much pain and, until cancer reared it's ugly head again, I was walking almost daily. That seems to have helped me as much as anything, and I do continue a B complex 100 vitamin daily. I was told that, with chemo induced PN, if you have it 2 years out, you will probably have it for life. My hands are pretty hopeless and I cannot write for any period of time at all and I drop things a LOT. A shame since I love to both draw and paint.

I have found that moving my toes around - like exercises - seems to help some. I often do that when I am just sitting. Those roller balls that you use on the bottoms of your feet feel good to me; I do not know if they actually help, but anything that feels good is on my list. Hand massages as long as they are not hard, feel good - and holding a warm cup of anything is lovely. I have learned to be very careful; check the water temp before putting your foot in the shower; do not go around barefooted because you can hurt yourself and not realize it (I am bad about doing this one, but my oncologist fusses at me about it to keep me in line). Get good sturdy shoes that are comfortable and give you a good support base. Please remember that yours may be different, and Gabapentin or Lyrica just might do the trick for you.

Be sure to mention these symptoms to your oncologist. If you are still on chemo, they may want to adjust the meds or the amount of the med they are giving you. I think it depends a lot on how bad it is and what meds you are on, so please, BE SURE TO TELL THEM. Hope yours is the kind that will gradually go away and you will be good as new. If not, it does get easier - still there, you just get more used to it.

johnbishop

Posted by @johnbishop, Tue, Mar 22 at 4:12pm CST

Hi all, I have had peripheral neuropathy in my feet for over 15 years. I've avoided having ECG and other tests because my doctors have always said there is nothing that can be done anyway. The best source of information from other people that have neuropathy that I have found is on Facebook - a closed group you can join called Our Neuropathy Friends. I have learned a lot an my quest for more information and possible treatments. While mine is not chemotherapy induced neuropathy there are members in the group that may be able to offer things they have tried and what has worked for some. Also, if you live in Minnesota there is the Minnesota Neuropathy Association that has a lot of good information and also has support group meetings on a monthly basis in the cities. I am waiting to meet with a neurologist at Mayo Clinic to hopefully get a better understanding/diagnosis of my neuropathy after having an ECG and 2 MRIs that determined I have nerve damage in my legs to my feet. The doctors think it's pre-diabetic but I think it's related to my polymyalgia rheumatica. One thing I have learned is that there are a lot of different alternative therapy and treatments available but any one treatment only works for about 20 to 25% of the people suffering with neuropathy. I hope this helps.

Update from my appointment with a Mayo Clinic Neurologist - he found clinical evidence of small fiber predominant length-dependent neuropathy. He also thought that it is not related to my PMR autoimmune disease diagnosed in 2007 by a Rheumatologist at Mayo Clinic. That was treated with prednisone but has been in remission since 2009 or so and I was able to stop taking prednisone. I am fortunate that I only have numbness in both feet and legs but no real pain. This means that there is no medication treatment or topicals that will reduce the numbness. I have ordered a Zopec DT-1200 tens unit that others in the MN Neuropathy Association have had success using it for treatments. I have also started a few nerve related supplements (CoQ10, Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL, Alpha-Lipoic Acid) that come in one capsule. In addition to that I am trying to follow the Wahls Diet from Dr. Terry Wahls. Basically it boils down to gluten free, no dairy, and no sugar with 6 to 12 ounces of meat protein per day. It's good having answers even if it's not a defined treatment.

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Fri, Oct 7 at 5:37pm CST

Hi @nodunk, I read your message in the Chronic Pain group and invite you to join this discussion about chemo-induced neuropathy in the Cancer group about chemo induced peripheral neuropathy. Earlier posts in this discussion thread mention several resources about treatment, including scrambler therapy. I'll also tag @audrapopp, who has had scrambler therapy at Mayo. She hasn't posted for some time, but hopefully she'll get this message and return to share her experiences.

In the meantime, you can read this story about a patient took part in the clinical trial that @smness mentions above "Breaking Away From Pain With the Help of 'The Scrambler' " http://mayocl.in/1GxsEyS

I look forward to getting to know you better @nodunk. What type of cancer and treatments have you had?

nodunk

Posted by @nodunk, Sat, Oct 8 at 2:18pm CST

NHL. Relapsed 3 times. Did abt199 trial which failed me. Did Juno CAR 17 clinical trial in June and am in remission! Cipn has gotten progressively worse from the trials that both used chemo as part of protocol.

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Sat, Oct 8 at 6:44pm CST

Good to know about you Nodunk. We have several members sharing about non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the Cancer group.
- Non Hodgkin's lymphoma http://mayocl.in/2cpKVI7

@travelgirl @azjulie @maisyann @vonbaron36 @muskegonsid and @vonbaron36 did you (or do you still) experience peripheral neuropathy as a result of your treatment for NHL?

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travelgirl

Posted by @travelgirl, Mon, Oct 10 at 1:03pm CST

I'm on a watch and wait approach. I have not had any treatments. so I am sorry I can't help with a good answer...
I wish you the best though... God Bless...

cjkressin

Posted by @cjkressin, Mon, Oct 10 at 8:22am CST

i take gabapentin, however sometimes it seems to quit working. than I go to acupuncture for about a month to get it back under control. I am a 5 year cancer survivor and the Taxol gave me small fiber neuropathy. my hands and feet feel like bees stinging. also, no feeling of hot or cold up to my knees. I am OK with my meds during the day. Laying in bed at night is bad, and when I wake up it is extremely painful. I think my meds probably wear off during the night.

nodunk

Posted by @nodunk, Tue, Oct 11 at 3:04pm CST

I found water aerobics to be helpful with my stiffness. What about scrambler therapy?

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azjulie

Posted by @azjulie, Mon, Oct 10 at 10:39am CST

my husband has autonomic neuopathy and very painful hands. Gabapentin (2100 mg) did not work nor did Lyrica. He wears golf gloves and says it cuts the pain in half. Dr says getting the high protein down with chemo will help. He is at Mayo so we have hope. Lots of complications from his Waldenstroms but the neuropathy is what makes him miserable.

cjkressin

Posted by @cjkressin, Mon, Oct 10 at 10:50am CST

does he sleep with gloves on?

azjulie

Posted by @azjulie, Mon, Oct 10 at 5:26pm CST

No but his golf gloves are wearing out so I just ordered something from Amazon

azjulie

Posted by @azjulie, Fri, Oct 14 at 11:01am CST

Just spent one night in hospital for 3 days of low blood pressure. (standing was 58/43 pulse 115). Has amyloidosis in the heart now. Also kidneys and nervous system. Poor guy.

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hopeful33250

Posted by @hopeful33250, Fri, Oct 14 at 6:04pm CST

Hi @azjulie, I am so sorry that your husband's condition is not showing improvement. How very difficult for you both. I see that you posted that he is at Mayo. Do you have family and friends nearby? Support is important when you are facing difficulties like this. Keep in touch and let us travel down this road with you. Best wishes and prayers go with you both.

azjulie

Posted by @azjulie, Fri, Oct 14 at 8:08pm CST

Yes, both his brother and wife and Ken's sister and husband live nearby. Very supportive.

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IndianaScott

Posted by @IndianaScott, Sat, Oct 15 at 4:32am CST

Hi @azjulie I am sorry to hear your journey is more challenging now. I hope they can provide help for the BP.

Sending strength and courage your ways!

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colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Fri, Oct 14 at 5:05pm CST

Julie, im so sorry to hear this. How are you doing?

azjulie

Posted by @azjulie, Fri, Oct 14 at 8:08pm CST

not too bad. Irritable today so went bowling and got it off my mind.

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hopeful33250

Posted by @hopeful33250, Sat, Oct 15 at 6:32am CST

Good for you @azjulie, it looks like you have learned how to take care of yourself. That is so, so important in caregiving (or in dealing with any stressful situation). I'm glad to know that you have family support nearby. Best wishes and prayers continue for you all. Please keep us posted, we care!

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