Neuropathy from Chemo - do cannabis chewables help?

Posted by grannyofthree @grannyofthree, Mar 11 6:33pm

Constant foot pain due to neuropathy from chemo, has anyone tried cannabis chewables for pain? I don’t want to take pain meds and that is what all my Doctors suggest.

Hello @grannyofthree and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Because you shared that your neuropathy stems from chemo and that you would like to connect with members to learn about cannabis chewables for your pain, I will bring in @steeldove @lorirenee1 to share their experience with neuropathy from chemo and @artscaping for her experience with cannabis.

You will also notice that I edited your title to allow for more people to join and provide information as well as included your connection to chemo and neuropathy in your post. I hope you don't mind.

How long have you had neuropathy?

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I have conducted extensive research into cannabis and CBD use due to ongoing pain and neuropathy from my liver transplant and medication side effects. I cannot take cannabis or it’s derivatives because of the strong interactions with the anti rejection medications. This is also true for chemotherapy medications. If you’re currently on chemo meds I’d urge you to consult with your physicians. Here’s an article that explains the interactions-
https://www.leafly.com/news/health/doctor-advice-how-to-use-cannabis-cancer-chemotherapy

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@amandajro

Hello @grannyofthree and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Because you shared that your neuropathy stems from chemo and that you would like to connect with members to learn about cannabis chewables for your pain, I will bring in @steeldove @lorirenee1 to share their experience with neuropathy from chemo and @artscaping for her experience with cannabis.

You will also notice that I edited your title to allow for more people to join and provide information as well as included your connection to chemo and neuropathy in your post. I hope you don't mind.

How long have you had neuropathy?

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Research dmso! I use it with cbd oil with thc! Doctors will not give any pain medication! Medical marijuana doesn’t help! Smoking it!

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@grannyofthree Neuropathy must be so difficult to endure. I’m so sorry. Are your doctors recommending that you use marijuana? My oncologist told me that quality controls over marijuana edibles so he doesn’t like to recommend them.
https://www.cannabisnurses.org/.
I got some good advice from this nurses group. See if they can help you! Will you let us know what you learn?

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Hello, yes I have nuerapathy along with colon cancer for which I am receiving chemo treatments. I have been using chewables for three months now with very good results in reducing pain especially in my feet it helps more than my hands. I have also been using a heavy duty THC cream that has also helped with pain relief quite a bit. I am a proponet because they are helping me and my pain!

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@bruceoneill

Hello, yes I have nuerapathy along with colon cancer for which I am receiving chemo treatments. I have been using chewables for three months now with very good results in reducing pain especially in my feet it helps more than my hands. I have also been using a heavy duty THC cream that has also helped with pain relief quite a bit. I am a proponet because they are helping me and my pain!

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Hi Bruce and welcome. You may also wish to follow the Colorectal Cancer group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/colorectal-cancer/

Interesting that the relief is more noticeable in your feet than your hands. Was it easy to figure out how much of edible cannabis was enough to help you without getting too much?

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I find acupuncture helps a lot with my neuropathy. Wish I had started it sooner. It was not suggested that I try it until 2 years after chemo when the neuropathy began. It is recommended that I have treatments every 2 weeks but is usually at least a month between treatments due to the distance I have to travel.

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@mugs24cancer

I find acupuncture helps a lot with my neuropathy. Wish I had started it sooner. It was not suggested that I try it until 2 years after chemo when the neuropathy began. It is recommended that I have treatments every 2 weeks but is usually at least a month between treatments due to the distance I have to travel.

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Thanks for the info. I have been debating seeking accupuncture, I am going to tr it!

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I had colorectal cancer surgery (2008) followed by lung surgery (in situ) with a lobe removed during surgery and after surgery xrays showed a frozen diaphram. That was 2018. Since that time I have been diagnosed (without any tests) as having possible phrenic nerve damage in my neck,,then an explosion of nuerapathy –peripheral nuerapathy, raynauds, anatomical nuerapathy (I am a well controlled type 2 diabetic and have been since about 2003). Most recently, I am dealing with blocked bowel episodes and they say it is due to scar tissue from cancer surgery. Another surgery, another partial blockage.. Not only does my neck (and head) still bother me but after surgery they put me on Senna-S indefinitely . And that is becoming less effective. How do I find out what I am dealing with? I walk everyday, do my physical therapy exercises and go to the YMCA twice a week. I try to eat whole food. I just would like some type of diagnosis.

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@pc2018

I had colorectal cancer surgery (2008) followed by lung surgery (in situ) with a lobe removed during surgery and after surgery xrays showed a frozen diaphram. That was 2018. Since that time I have been diagnosed (without any tests) as having possible phrenic nerve damage in my neck,,then an explosion of nuerapathy –peripheral nuerapathy, raynauds, anatomical nuerapathy (I am a well controlled type 2 diabetic and have been since about 2003). Most recently, I am dealing with blocked bowel episodes and they say it is due to scar tissue from cancer surgery. Another surgery, another partial blockage.. Not only does my neck (and head) still bother me but after surgery they put me on Senna-S indefinitely . And that is becoming less effective. How do I find out what I am dealing with? I walk everyday, do my physical therapy exercises and go to the YMCA twice a week. I try to eat whole food. I just would like some type of diagnosis.

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Peach, you certainly have multiple issues going on, some of which may be related. You may be interested in joining this discussion on Connect:

– Phrenic Nerve damage https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/phoenix-nerve-damage/

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