• Has anyone had terrible leg cramps and burning so bad you couldn't stand and barely walk from the pain?

    Asked by kleslied on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Has anyone had terrible leg cramps and burning so bad you couldn't stand and barely walk from the pain?

    Since Friday I have had terrible leg cramps sitting it feels like a constant charlie horse from my thigh to my ankle, if I walk my leg feels like it's on fire and like I have shin splints. Nothing seems to help, there has been improvement the last 24 hours but I would like to walk up right again without having to be hopped up on muscle relaxers and pain pills.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I developed this, but not as severe as yours, a week or so after my 4th chemo treatment. I'm ok sitting, but after walking or standing for just a short time (a couple of minutes) I get the burning, achy, crampy feeling in my legs and have to sit back down. Some days it's a little better, some days a little worse. Oncologist says just try to work through it and walk/stand for as much as a can and try to do a little more each day.

      over 4 years ago
    • Txblueeyes' Avatar

      Hi! I had leg pain throughout chemo and for about a month after I finished. My doctors all said it was due to the bone marrow regenerating new blood cells. I bought an electric blanket and used it quite often to help the pain. The pain would get so bad some times that I literally had to concentrate to move my legs...left leg, right leg, etc. My children love to push the cart at stores, and I had to take over this duty, just so I had something to help hold me up. It was temporary, and I no longer have any pain. I am almost through with my third week of radiation. Make sure you have some pain medication. When my pain was really bad, my oncologist said I could use Aleve in between doses. It does get better!

      over 4 years ago
    • kleslied's Avatar

      The pain is better today but my leg will barely hold me up, which made going down the stairs and back up from treatment a blast! :/ I was using a wheel chair as a walker when I went for treatment today otherwise I wouldn't have made it. I was told today that I could do Ibprofen between doses, the pain meds don't seem to touch it. I hope that was the worst but am prepared for more if it comes.

      over 4 years ago

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