• Does the cold weather have an impact on anyone's peripheral neuropathy to the point of pain and or not being able to feel your fingers/toes?

    Asked by u4cats on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Does the cold weather have an impact on anyone's peripheral neuropathy to the point of pain and or not being able to feel your fingers/toes?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Someone else recently mentioned the cold weather with regard to their neuropathy. I think it may have been Shelby, if you search the questions. If you're not able to feel your fingers and toes, though, that seems pretty serious and I would bring that up with your doctor.

      There are some drugs the doctor can try to help you find relief for your peripheral neuropathy, such as the antidepressant Cymbalta. Some people on here also reported results with gabapentin.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      It sure does! The cold weather causes pain on my fingers and toes. The same as putting my hands in cold water does. For me it usually lasts the first week to week and half after each chemo infusion. I get chemo every 3 weeks. Also walking without socks on cold floors, etc. I would advise telling your doctor about it, he might be able to recommend. For me the pain hasn't been debilitating. It's been more of a discomfort and it usually isn't too constant. I don't feel the "tingling and numbness" most people feel. I feel more of a "burning sensation, pain and stiffness", just recently I've started feeling like my toes are getting ready to cramp up every now and then...so I just try to relax my muscles and it goes away.

      Here's the link to the question someone has asked on the site: https://www.whatnext.com/questions/neuropathy-cold-weather

      You can check out what others say and anytime you have a question you can also use a search tool located below the "Ask a question" box. It's a cancer question search that lets you search ALL questions ever posted by entering key words. :) Hope this helps. Sending hugs your way.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Absolutely yes. I had to reach into the fridge with a glove on. Stepping outside was way to much for me. I was also sensitive to bright light, especially the glare off of our snow.

      over 4 years ago
    • sandkdawson's Avatar

      Yep. Mine is hands, nose and ears. My hands will start to spasm or cramp if they get too cold. Can't touch anything cold for about a week after infusion.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have peripheral neuropathy but the weather doesn't seem to have any effect on it.

      over 4 years ago
    • u4cats' Avatar

      thanks for the answers and good advice

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      FreeBird's right. I asked similar question about a week or so ago. And I'm convinced cold weather plays a part. Yesterday it was 65 and my feet felt better. Today it's snowing (gotta LOVE Ohio!) and my feet are having problems again. Good luck w/your neuropathy. Hope it gets better. And I like your user name. Kitties!!

      over 4 years ago
    • zari's Avatar

      My first question would be what drug are you on. If it's oxaliplatin or xeloda your to stay out of the cold during treatment. Talk to your doctor about using b12 or other supplements which may help with the lInk experienced.

      over 4 years ago

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