• Has anyone tried acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy in their feet caused by their chemo drugs? Did it help? Was it expensive?

    Asked by Cindy on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    Has anyone tried acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy in their feet caused by their chemo drugs? Did it help? Was it expensive?

    How did they do it? Where did they place the needles? Was it painful?

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    • Jeannie's Avatar
      Jeannie

      Yes I go to acupuncture every week. It helped the very first time. I felt like I was walking on rocks and it made the rocks smaller (pain less each time) until now I'm just numb. I go to community acupucture where there are a circle of chairs and she works on everyone. It costs me $20. I got the location of community acupucture from the hospital where I had my surgery. I also had some groin pain and she also helped me with that.
      Jeannie

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Interesting. My peripheral neuropathy is fairly mild with just numbness in fingers and toes but no pain. My problem is that the numbness causes some balance issues and I often drop or spill things quite unexpectedly because of the numbness.

      Is the acupuncture expected to help with the numbness?

      almost 5 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar
      nobrand

      I second nancyjac's question.. does acupuncture help with numbness?

      I don't have much pain, but plenty of lost hands and feet. I'm hoping acupuncture may help!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I know I've been helped by taking one pill (dislove under your tongue) of B12 5,000 mg. It really really helps me... sometimes I forget... but it does help. Cost about $50.00 for a month supply...

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      My days of wearing high heels are about done.... will try to walk in one inch heels for my grandsons wedding on the 18th of August... But I have ballet slippers for dancing. Balance is an issue, but I just grab someone's arm and I'm fine on those rare occasions when I tip..... In the morning I remind myself of a toddler walking to the bathroom... but then I'mhere, I'm alive and I thank God for what I can do, I see it as fingers rather numb, everything becomes soft to the touch, and feet numb, like walking on clouds... The occasional stab of pain... a reminder that I'm alive and cancer free because of those drugs.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Jeannie's Avatar
      Jeannie

      Yes, the acupuncture did help me with numbness too. Robyn uses an electronic stimulator on the needles. Last year I was back to no pain or numbness so I quit going. Some numbness is back so I have gone back. I thought it was a cure but I guess not. Most communities have group acupuncture for a fee of $15 to $20 dollars on certain days. But once they go out on their own it's about $50 and most insurances won't pay.

      over 1 year ago

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