Legs and Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

Posted by rip @rip, Mar 21 1:17pm

I have CLL and am having problems with my legs. Numbness and tingling, very weak knees and some pain at times. Acetaminophen takes care of the pain but not the other problems. HELP

@rip. Good morning. I just read over some of your previous postings to see that you started treatment for CLL but then stopped. Did you ever resume the chemo? Have you been in contact with your oncologist recently?
What is the type of pain and where is it located? When you say the acetaminophen helped did you mean with the pain or did it stop the numbness and tingling as well?

The reason I ask is that chemo can cause peripheral neuropathy which could relate to some of your symptoms. Also ‘pinched nerves’ can cause the same reactions. However, symptoms can also be indications of something going on which may need more immediate attention.

Those of us on Mayo Connect are not medical professionals so we can’t diagnose but we can rely on our own experiences to help with answering questions. I’m in remission from AML-acute myeloid leukemia and have had similar symptoms such as yours. Thinking they were peripheral neuropathy like most of my chemo buddies had, I tried ignoring the situation. Bad decision and it was not PN but inflammation on my spinal cord which needed rapid and extensive treatment.

So my suggestion, to give you peace of mind and to nip this in the bud, is to make an appointment ASAP with your oncologist or GP to get the ball rolling with helping you feel better. Sometimes all we need is a nudge. Consider this a shove! 😉

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@loribmt

@rip. Good morning. I just read over some of your previous postings to see that you started treatment for CLL but then stopped. Did you ever resume the chemo? Have you been in contact with your oncologist recently?
What is the type of pain and where is it located? When you say the acetaminophen helped did you mean with the pain or did it stop the numbness and tingling as well?

The reason I ask is that chemo can cause peripheral neuropathy which could relate to some of your symptoms. Also ‘pinched nerves’ can cause the same reactions. However, symptoms can also be indications of something going on which may need more immediate attention.

Those of us on Mayo Connect are not medical professionals so we can’t diagnose but we can rely on our own experiences to help with answering questions. I’m in remission from AML-acute myeloid leukemia and have had similar symptoms such as yours. Thinking they were peripheral neuropathy like most of my chemo buddies had, I tried ignoring the situation. Bad decision and it was not PN but inflammation on my spinal cord which needed rapid and extensive treatment.

So my suggestion, to give you peace of mind and to nip this in the bud, is to make an appointment ASAP with your oncologist or GP to get the ball rolling with helping you feel better. Sometimes all we need is a nudge. Consider this a shove! 😉

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Thank you very much.

Rip

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@loribmt

@rip. Good morning. I just read over some of your previous postings to see that you started treatment for CLL but then stopped. Did you ever resume the chemo? Have you been in contact with your oncologist recently?
What is the type of pain and where is it located? When you say the acetaminophen helped did you mean with the pain or did it stop the numbness and tingling as well?

The reason I ask is that chemo can cause peripheral neuropathy which could relate to some of your symptoms. Also ‘pinched nerves’ can cause the same reactions. However, symptoms can also be indications of something going on which may need more immediate attention.

Those of us on Mayo Connect are not medical professionals so we can’t diagnose but we can rely on our own experiences to help with answering questions. I’m in remission from AML-acute myeloid leukemia and have had similar symptoms such as yours. Thinking they were peripheral neuropathy like most of my chemo buddies had, I tried ignoring the situation. Bad decision and it was not PN but inflammation on my spinal cord which needed rapid and extensive treatment.

So my suggestion, to give you peace of mind and to nip this in the bud, is to make an appointment ASAP with your oncologist or GP to get the ball rolling with helping you feel better. Sometimes all we need is a nudge. Consider this a shove! 😉

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Hi Lori,

I am taking a pill for my CLL now. It is CALQUENCE so far no bad side effects just tingling in my legs.

Sincerely,
Ron

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Hi Ron, it’s great to hear from you! I was wondering how you’ve been feeling.

Previously you were really having some leg issues with pain, weakness and numbness, along with the tingling. I’m happy to see you must have reported this to your oncologist. It’s better to have these things checked out than to sit and wonder!

Have most of those symptoms gone away now? Have they improved since you started the Calquence? The Calquence is a targeted therapy and hopefully can help you keep feeling healthy along your CLL journey!

We have a new and improved Connect site. Have you had any difficulty in navigation the new features? Take some time to roam around and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!

Wishing you all the best! Lori.

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@loribmt

Hi Ron, it’s great to hear from you! I was wondering how you’ve been feeling.

Previously you were really having some leg issues with pain, weakness and numbness, along with the tingling. I’m happy to see you must have reported this to your oncologist. It’s better to have these things checked out than to sit and wonder!

Have most of those symptoms gone away now? Have they improved since you started the Calquence? The Calquence is a targeted therapy and hopefully can help you keep feeling healthy along your CLL journey!

We have a new and improved Connect site. Have you had any difficulty in navigation the new features? Take some time to roam around and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!

Wishing you all the best! Lori.

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Hi Lori,
The problems still exist. Also my eyesight and hearing are getting worse..
Sincerely,
Ron

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@rip

Hi Lori,
The problems still exist. Also my eyesight and hearing are getting worse..
Sincerely,
Ron

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Hello Ron,
I’m just so sorry you’re still experiencing the leg issues. I was hoping those symptoms were lessening for you. And now to learn that your eyesight and hearing are becoming increasingly impaired…life just keeps hurling curveballs, doesn’t it?! I can imagine the challenge this poses to your daily activities and quality of life.

I don’t want to pry but have you spoken to doctors about your vision and hearing? Are there any correction aids which could help you with reading or restoring your hearing loss?

Reading an earlier post of yours…you have a dog! What kind is it? I’m a huge dog lover but not in the position to get another one for a while. But I sure do miss the companionship! Our neighbors just got a new puppy this week! An 8 week old Golden. I’m over the moon with joy at being able to give belly rubs and smell puppy breath. Not sure if I could handle the energy of a puppy though at my age! Haha

Wishing you a pleasant day! Lori.

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@loribmt

Hello Ron,
I’m just so sorry you’re still experiencing the leg issues. I was hoping those symptoms were lessening for you. And now to learn that your eyesight and hearing are becoming increasingly impaired…life just keeps hurling curveballs, doesn’t it?! I can imagine the challenge this poses to your daily activities and quality of life.

I don’t want to pry but have you spoken to doctors about your vision and hearing? Are there any correction aids which could help you with reading or restoring your hearing loss?

Reading an earlier post of yours…you have a dog! What kind is it? I’m a huge dog lover but not in the position to get another one for a while. But I sure do miss the companionship! Our neighbors just got a new puppy this week! An 8 week old Golden. I’m over the moon with joy at being able to give belly rubs and smell puppy breath. Not sure if I could handle the energy of a puppy though at my age! Haha

Wishing you a pleasant day! Lori.

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Hi Lori,
I have visited ENT for hearing have appointment for eyes. My dog is what I call a Heinz 57. She is part of 5 different types. The body of a Gorky, ears and curly hair like a Cocker Spaniel, the face of a Chijuaua and the coloring of a blonde Retriever. Thank you for your reply, always glad to hear from you.
Sincerely,
Ron

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@rip

Hi Lori,
I have visited ENT for hearing have appointment for eyes. My dog is what I call a Heinz 57. She is part of 5 different types. The body of a Gorky, ears and curly hair like a Cocker Spaniel, the face of a Chijuaua and the coloring of a blonde Retriever. Thank you for your reply, always glad to hear from you.
Sincerely,
Ron

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@rip Aw, your dog sounds adorable and definitely a Heinz 57! Dogs are just the most amazing critters. So loving and great companions. I’m happy she’s in your life!

Ron, I’m also happy to hear you’re being proactive with seeing the ENT for your ears and, having your eyes examined. Was the ENT physician encouraging with your hearing loss? Can it be reversed or would a hearing aid help you? We have some great conversations in our Connect group~Hearing Loss. It might be a good resource for you to know others are experiencing similar symptoms.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/hearing-loss/
Wishing you all the best for some good news! Lori.

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Hi guys – I'm Bob, an over 4 year carrier of CLL. Yesterday I gave up and signed into Hospice as an outpatient. They gave me all kinds of pills for unrelated maladies mostly associated with old age – I'm 88 and healthy up until now. It's been a long hard battle against CLL but he won out. I was kept in the active portion of life by red blood cell infusions every two weeks until I couldn't take it any more. So, here I am, waiting to see what's next in this world. ENJOY

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@sirbob

Hi guys – I'm Bob, an over 4 year carrier of CLL. Yesterday I gave up and signed into Hospice as an outpatient. They gave me all kinds of pills for unrelated maladies mostly associated with old age – I'm 88 and healthy up until now. It's been a long hard battle against CLL but he won out. I was kept in the active portion of life by red blood cell infusions every two weeks until I couldn't take it any more. So, here I am, waiting to see what's next in this world. ENJOY

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@sirbob Hi Bob, it’s my pleasure to meet you. I’m Lori, one of the mentors for Mayo Clinic Connect. Connect is a wonderfully helpful environment filled with caring people. You’re never alone here so I’m happy that you’ve found us.

You’ve reached a critical moment in your life and cancer treatment. I’m sure you’ve thought long and hard about making the difficult choice to stop maintenance treatment for CLL.
There is something empowering about taking control of your life when reaching a point where you are tired and realize the battle has been won ‘by the other guy’. I had similar thoughts time to time during my aggressive war with AML. I was able to have a bone marrow transplant which was like dropping the A-bomb on my cancer…as you know, that’s not without collateral damage. 😉

With your bi-weekly transfusions, you must have had a roller coaster ride of other medical side effects. Has your liver been affected with high ferritin levels?
Hospice will be a valuable resource for you and the nursing staff will do everything they can to help you maintain quality of life and comfort while you maneuver through this last phase of life.

I’d like to know more about you. What was life like before CLL? Did you enjoy what you did for a living? Married, children, grandkids, pets?? Nosy aren’t I?! ☺️

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@rip

Hi Lori,
I have visited ENT for hearing have appointment for eyes. My dog is what I call a Heinz 57. She is part of 5 different types. The body of a Gorky, ears and curly hair like a Cocker Spaniel, the face of a Chijuaua and the coloring of a blonde Retriever. Thank you for your reply, always glad to hear from you.
Sincerely,
Ron

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@rip Hi Ron, it’s been a while so I thought I’d drop in to see what you’ve been up to lately. I hope you’re having some improvement since we last chatted.
Are you able to get out for walks with your cute little dog?
The neighbor’s little golden is growing and, OOOeeee, that face is gonna get her out of a lot of trouble! LOL. So cute! But she’s headstrong and already at 12 weeks finding ways to test patience. She’s also found she can escape her yard and somehow get past our other neighbor’s fence into the pool!! She love taking laps. Should be a summer filled with drama. Ha ha

Write when you can…thinking of you. Lori.

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@sirbob

Hi guys – I'm Bob, an over 4 year carrier of CLL. Yesterday I gave up and signed into Hospice as an outpatient. They gave me all kinds of pills for unrelated maladies mostly associated with old age – I'm 88 and healthy up until now. It's been a long hard battle against CLL but he won out. I was kept in the active portion of life by red blood cell infusions every two weeks until I couldn't take it any more. So, here I am, waiting to see what's next in this world. ENJOY

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@sirbob Hello Bob. I am Nancy, another Mentor on Connect with my own “Welcome” to you. You made me smile. Your self introduction started with words, “I gave up”, then you proceeded to tell us how you did everything BUT give up. Making the choice you did was continuation of “calling your own shots” and making your own choices. You deserve congratulations. In June 2020 after months in remission but still struggling with side effects of maintenance treatment I decided to take the risk and take myself off maintenance. Giving up? Not a chance! But choosing some better quality time for awhile was possible. I hope that you find living with 88 on your terms is everything you want and deserve. Please do come back and share what your quality of life looks like.
Peace, Nancy

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