• Hand paralysis

    Asked by Scottyt on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Hand paralysis

    I'm halfway through chemo with Cisplatin and Alimta and a few days ago I lost most of the use of my left hand. I thought I had slept on it wrong, and when it didn't get better I called the doc. He ordered an MRI of my head and neck which didn't show anything. Doctor said he has never seen anything like it and thinks I have a pinched nerve. It has now been four days and no sign of improvement. Has anyone experienced anything like this?

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    • chrissy's Avatar

      I am just through with9 weeks of cisplatin and alimta i have lots of scatacia pain down my leg and great pain in my left shoulder blade At times my right hand will shake like i have Parkinsons and I have hold it with my left to keep it still, all of these are just showing up in the 3 weeks. Doc says not Chemo but i dont know i hope and pray you regain use of your hand

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Did you get chemo in that arm before you started having symptoms?

      To be honest the pinched nerve could be from your back through your shoulder. It could be anywhere. Have your Dr. find a physiatrist for you. This is a sports medicine Dr. who is a specialist in tissue damage. They work on teaching you how to move so you do not continue to injure yourself and they do massage and other treatments.

      I would also ask the Dr. if prednisone would be in order for you. This can reduce inflammation very quickly.

      over 7 years ago
    • Scottyt's Avatar

      I had my scan to check the cancer and doctor said he found a bad disc between my c5-c6 vertebrae. He's going to refer me to another doctor and warned me I may need surgery. Not what I was hoping for, but I am relieved that it isn't related to the cancer or chemo. Thanks everyone for your input. Also the chemo is working, the spot on my lung is shrinking.

      over 7 years ago

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