• Breast Cancer

    Asked by kween15 on Monday, May 21, 2018

    Breast Cancer

    Need help with a solution to burning/numb hands. I wear a brace on both hands per doctor. It releases some of the pain. My pain usually comes around evening/nighttime. Thank you.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Unfortunately there is not much help. It's called Neuropathy and it's caused by chemo...

      10 months ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Overseas they use Outback Pain Relief for neuropathic pain. It is a roll-on of Tea Tree oil, Olive oil, Eucalyptus oil and Vanilla oil. You can get it on Amazon and in some Walgreens. I hope it helps you. I am an oncology nursecand I recommend this often...good luck!

      10 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Anastrozole (hormone therapy) worsened my carpal tunnel syndrome and also gave me tenosynovitis. It's not neuropathy in my case, but inflammation. Taking ibuprofen and resting my hands frequently help with the severe flare-ups. My hands get numb and feel as though they've been stuck in electric sockets 24/7. I have to shake them out and let them hang down at my sides to reduce the numbness. Wishing you relief.

      10 months ago
    • WoodsRLovely's Avatar

      My doctor told me to take Vitamin B daily as vitamin B helps the nervous system and it did help over time - but it is not an immediate solution. Also, I took a muscle relaxant like Robxium on days it got really bad and took Advil and such. I tried to treat myself to ice cream or shopping therapy when it flared - just to take my mind off it. I Hope you feel better soon!

      10 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      I take Metanx for neuropathy, its s prescription for concentrated B vitamins for nerve growth. Insurannce doesnt cover it. The pharmacy is Brand Direct. They only fill supplements, a lot cheaper than what you would pay thru a regular pharmacy.

      10 months ago
    • Jbro's Avatar

      I had carpal tunnel release surgery in both hands (one years ago and one when I was taking anastrozole). I felt relief immediately. I guess you need to determine whether you’re dealing with carpal tunnel or neuropathy.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      It does sound like neuropathy. I take gabapentin (which is the generic for Neurontin). It helps w/the pain but not the numbness.

      10 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar

      Neuropathy--it isn't just for chemo any more.

      I've been taking letrozole for 2.5 yrs., and got two trigger fingers. Recently, I fell and braced my fall with my L hand, wrenching the wrist. X-rays showed an "ulnar variance" (ulna too long), and the orthopedist said that the bone spurs on the end of the ulna are due to osteoarthritis accelerated by estrogen deprivation. I have soreness when "pronating" my hand, i.e., rotating it inward (a bummer for a guitarist). The trigger fingers and tingling are also related to estrogen deprivation, because it can cause tendinopathy and OA can irritate nerves. Per my hand surgeon, I wear a splint brace at night to avoid further injuring my wrist in my sleep. I had a cortisone shot, but developed a 2-wk-long "cortisone flare" reaction, which when it wore off I was back practically to square one.

      Numbness is caused by a nerve being damaged (for which surgery or chemo are the culprits) or irritated by impingement by another structure like bone or swollen soft tissue, and usually treatable mechanically (PT, splinting, massage, etc,). When all else fails, Lyrica helps my pain--but only when I have at least 7 hrs to sleep, because it drops me like a plugged buffalo and makes me groggy for a couple of hours upon arising.

      The fact is that estrogen deprivation induces, accentuates or accelerates (depending on your age and how long you've been post-menopausal) the symptoms of aging--one of which is that we heal more slowly and less completely from physical trauma.

      The splint does cause forearm burning for the first 20 min. after I put it on, but provides relief when I remove it in the morning. (Kinda like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer because it feels so good when you stop).

      10 months ago
    • Teachergirl's Avatar

      I’ve found good relief by drinking Rooibos tea every day. It’s natural and reduces inflammation. I really notice a difference if I skip a day. Best wishes.

      10 months ago

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