• Does chemo and radiation cause you to lose balance and make it hard to walk?

    Asked by BugsBunny on Monday, October 14, 2019

    Does chemo and radiation cause you to lose balance and make it hard to walk?

    I am having issues with getting up and walking followed by dizziness and it feels like I just can't walk straight. I feel weak also. Doctor's visit isn't until Friday.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • Created07's Avatar

      I can't speak for everyone, but I had R-CHOP and I fell often and everywhere. I did not take radiation at the same time, so I think it was the chemo. Just be very careful and God bless.

      almost 2 years ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Chemo can cause balance issues. But it's also possible that you have vertigo if th dizziness is sudden onset like getting off the bed, turning around to look at something, or getting out of your car.

      I've had both - vertigo is constant and keeps on happening every time that you move your ear - caused by inner ear problem. Balance issues from chemo is more hit or miss.

      I would call my doctor today is this problem is worsened by moving your ear from side to side and standing up. Can you walk a straight line? If you have vertigo, you can't walk a straight line.

      almost 2 years ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      Thank you and I do plan on calling the doctor this morning. I don't see them until Fri. so I don't want to wait that long.

      almost 2 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yes. I received a platinum-based chemo drug that fried my vestibular system - ototoxicity. I had severe bilateral vestibular dysfunction and vertigo that my doctors and physical therapist thought wouldn't be able to be resolved to allow me to function within a normal range. But with an amazing vestibular therapist, I learned how to walk again and have been able to do activities that they thought I'd never be able to do.

      Balance can also be compromised if you have neuropathy in your feet. I was falling all over the place. It was very rare and at first, my oncologist (affiliated with one of the top cancer centers in the country) doubted that it was due to the chemo. He referred me to a neurologist who finally diagnosed and confirmed that it was due to ototoxicity.

      Call your doctor and ask if you are taking a platinum-based drug or any other one that could affect your balance or ears.

      almost 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      There were times that I was weak and had trouble with dizziness, I'm not sure that I ever had an event that I could say was because of the drugs specifically.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Coloman's Avatar

      I have not had anything that has made me dizzy, yet. I hope I don't, I have enough problems as it is!

      almost 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Head radiation did that to me. It took me months and months I'd try to get a slipper on, if I bent over-dizziness attacked me. - Later I had to rest before I could get my socks and shoes on without having dizzy and balance problems. That actually took about 2 years.

      almost 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I had lots of trouble looking up at the ceiling--cleaning painting. I am scared of getting up on a ladder and paint the over head. I duck tape paint to a paint extender stick to cut in. I use mops to wash the ceilings.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Ashera's Avatar

      Carboplatin was one of my chemos - a dose-dense amount along with Taxotere. Neuropathy in both feet and lower legs. I am 5 years out and am still very wobbly and can suddenly vere to one side or the other when walking. My gait is comical I think after looking back at my tracks in the snow last winter. I am presently in PT to help with balance but I don't think I will every be sure-footed again and need to take particular care where my feet are placed. Ah...those free gifts-with-purchase!!

      10 months ago

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