• How to be proactive and get ahead to prevent or lessen neuropathy and neutropenia.

    Asked by AideAndSaul on Friday, December 6, 2019

    How to be proactive and get ahead to prevent or lessen neuropathy and neutropenia.

    Vitamins and doses taken, natural supplements and doses, immune boosting shots, herbs and oils and how much. Other countries or specialty Drs seeked. Is it true you can’t take anything but what the Dr. recommends?

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      As Saul of Tarsus wrote nearly 2,000 years ago: "All things are legal to me, but not all edify"

      And so it is with unregulated supplements. Some have the potential to inhibit the effectiveness of the treatment - a bad thing in my book. If you want to avoid neuropathy, seek out a clinical trial, and chill hands and feet during and for a few hours after treatment. This reduces the circulation of blood - and the circulation of nerve-damaging chemo agents to your peripheral nerves. Can you stand it? Time will tell on that.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      To my knowledge, there is nothing that a patient can do to prevent neutropenia.

      I don't believe that there is evidence that exercise helps prevent neuropathy, exercise surely can't hurt. I walked throughout my treatment - some days less, some days more - that keeps blood circulating in your feet. I didn't experience any neuropathy in my feet.

      I am a free lance writer, and I type on the computer all of the time. I had very little neuropathy in my hands. I wore gloves religiously to help keep my hands warm, and I messaged my hands all of the time.

      Of course, this advice is anecdotal, but I was fortunate and suffered no long lasting neuropathy.

      4 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      I wanted to be proactive in preventing neuropathy while on Taxol chemo, so i used cryotherapy (chilling of the hands and feet). I did not develop any neuropathy. There are a number of resources describing the study that researched this, for example, https://www.ascopost.com/News/58125, and https://www.curetoday.com/articles/frozen-gloves-and-socks-help-reduce-chemotherapyinduced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-patients-with-breast-cancer. If you're interested in trying this, there are a number of how-to-do it articles, and even a YouTube. https://cancerfight.info/cryotherapy-may-help-prevent-neuropathy-a-side-effect-of-cancer-treatment/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUlMrDg7urA.

      To my knowledge, there are no medications or supplements that prevent this painful and debilitating side effect.

      My best to you and your partner/spouse as you prepare for and embark on this journey.

      4 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Today, someone said that acupuncture helps with neuropathy. She said she had been going to a place for a couple months and her symptoms have gone away. Just another thing to think about.

      4 months ago

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