• Do icepacks on hands and feet during chemo slow/stop neuropathy?

    Asked by Canbrand on Monday, November 20, 2017

    Do icepacks on hands and feet during chemo slow/stop neuropathy?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Mortpes' Avatar
      Mortpes

      Gloria Borges used ice to prevent hair loss see her on you tube.

      28 days ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      I had some helpful answers from the community on this topic when I asked the question about Cryotherapy when I was getting ready to start Taxol chemo.

      https://www.whatnext.com/questions/cryotherapy-with-taxol

      You can use the link above to see the discussion when I posed this question in September.

      In short, it is not eliminating it for me. It is keeping it at bay.

      28 days ago
    • Canbrand's Avatar
      Canbrand

      Thank you, that post was very helpful!

      28 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Yes, I used big bags of frozen vegetables on my legs and got rid of neuropathy-- don't forget to exercise your fingers and hands several times a day. Get a tennis ball or rubber ball that size or a bit smaller and squeeze that ball a lot- It takes a combination of ice and exercise. Good luck-it also takes a long time--like a year or longer- but it can be done.

      28 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      for the feet do hamstring stretches.

      28 days ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I hear it works for some but not for others. Once you have it I doubt anything will make it go away or alleviate the numbness, Pain and electrical jolts....

      27 days ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      barryboomer is correct. I did the ice religiously and it DID NOT WORK. But, I would still recommend it to someone else. It is not painful, just a little inconvenient and the off chance that it MIGHT work is 100% worth it. Please keep us posted if you do it and how it works for you. Only the best!

      27 days ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I used the hypothermia mitts and slippers and I had TWO SETS because you need to maintain the cold from 15 min before infusion to 15 min after. I'm not sure that ice packs are recommended because you are supposed to maintain even and constant cold. I have heard if you get your feet cold and then they warm up at all during treatment it is actually worse than not icing at all. The same with preventing hair loss - you put on a hypothermia cold cap not just a pack on ice on your head. Migraine sufferers use the cold caps also. I got my mitts and slippers on Amazon and they are expensive. I did not have enough time to find another no cost or low cost avenue. However, after chemo, I sold them on Ebay so my cost ended up being minimal.

      27 days ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar
      petieagnor

      I was never told about the ice, but use it in the summer to cool my feet. I will try the suggestion re: exercising my hands. The neuropathy isn't as bad this time around. Last time I was just prescribed neuronton which didn't work that well, but not knowing, I just took it. I'll even try massaging my feet. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

      22 days ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      Petieagnor, how much neuronton did you take? I started at 300 mg it didn't work. They increased it gradually to 1800 mg it worked, but it also made me sleep 18 hours a day.

      22 days ago
    • akwendi's Avatar
      akwendi

      I didn’t hear about ice. But it was recommended that I take l-glutamine to help against neuropathy. Ask your doctor or oncology nurse. I also exercised as much as I could. Best of luck!

      20 days ago

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