• I am starting to have tingling in my feet and hands. Mainly feet.

    Asked by NeckCancer on Sunday, June 24, 2018

    I am starting to have tingling in my feet and hands. Mainly feet.

    Is this peripheral neuropathy? What can you do about it, or what should I ask the doctor to prescribe? Does it go away?

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      That is a sensation that neuropathy caused me to have. I also had worse with shooting pains in both my hands and feet. During active chemotherapy infusions I used ice packs on my hands and feet during the infusion process. I took my own packs. My infusion center had some on hand that they would supply to those that asked. My oncologist suggested I take Alpha Lipoic Acid. It is available without a prescription. Some here on the site may be able to share their experience with Gabapentin. I am 6 months post-chemo. I am still taking the Alpha Lipoic Acid. I am fortunate that my neuropathy is getting better a bit at a time.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      It could be neuropathy. I would definitely discuss it with your doctor. I usually hear that people with neuropathy are prescribed gabepentin, though there may be other drugs available, too.

      I think the answer about whether it goes away is, "it depends." For some people, I know it never goes away, but I think it does get better for others after treatment. There are quite a few people here with neuropathy. The person who comes to my mind right now is BuckeyeShelby. I don't think she gets on WhatNext much over the weekends, but she'll probably check in tomorrow.

      Good luck!

      5 months ago
    • Xmintera's Avatar
      Xmintera

      What I was told by my oncologist on my first set of chemo treatments was that it was temporary nerve damage that would eventually go away. Now I’m into my second round of treatments a year and a half later and it never cleared up from the first time but instead it was worse. It started to feel like I was walking on gravel barefooted. They are changing up my chemo cocktail and put me on Lyrica. Start on that Monday. I’ve been taking several different types of b vitamins seems to help some. So be sure and le them know when it gets worse or Some days it will be to painful to walk. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS

      5 months ago
    • KKD's Avatar
      KKD

      Gabapentin has helped me a lot. The severity is temporary, so hang in there. Some people swear by acupuncture. Try everything that is offered, something will work for you!

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Many folks are deficient in A-L-A and D3 and caritinoids and magnesium. Add those low levels to drugs which further strip the body's emergency resources of minerals and disaster can strike in the form of pain.

      I came across a wonderful magnesium oil which is absorbed topically. I use it 2x/day, morning and evening. It helps by changing a sharp pain which debilitates into a dull pain through which I can move.

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      You also, even though it is extremely difficult while undergoing chemotherapy, eat more fresh and wholesome food. Carrot, broccoli, kale, dark greens, yadda yadda yadda.

      If you could manage to eat 2 cups of sprouts and 2 cups of berries/cherries daily for 3 weeks you might also notice how symptoms alleviate.

      Look up a little berry called "miracle fruit" to find something which tricks your pallate (for about an hour) into thinking that everything which goes into your mouth tastes like yummy candy.

      Feel better soon.

      5 months ago
    • Throatless' Avatar
      Throatless

      That describes what I have felt too.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      NeckCancer, for what it's worth, Healthline.com says the following can help with neuropathy. I would discuss any remedies with my doctor before I started any kind of regimen except quitting smoking, taking warm baths, exercising and meditating:

      There are also a number of natural treatments to help reduce symptoms and peripheral neuropathy.

      Vitamins. Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are related to vitamin deficiencies. ... Specifically, they recommend Vitamin B vitamins and perhaps, vitamin D

      Cayenne pepper, which contains capsaicin, which has pain relief properties.

      Quit smoking.

      Warm baths can be soothing and can also alleviate pain symptoms from neuropathy. Warm water increases blood circulation.

      Exercise increases blood flow to your arms and legs and reduces stress.

      Essential oils, including chamomile and Roman lavender, help to increase circulation in the body. They also have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that could boost healing.

      Meditation can help to lower stress, improve your coping skills, and decrease your pain intensity.

      Acupuncture promotes natural healing by stimulating the body’s pressure points.

      Natural Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy - Healthline
      https://www.healthline.com/health/peripheral-neuropathy-natural-treatments

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      @ Livewith--too much vitamin B-especially 6 can also cause tingling too. My family doctor doctor looked at the labs, and she told me to back off before I had permanent damage-. In 3 weeks it was gone.

      Ice and cold felt so good to me. I had it for about 3-4 years. Mine was caused by statin---thank you stupid modern preventive population medicine and bully doctors

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Wow, meyati!!! I am glad you backed off before damage!!! IMO, this is an example of why it is so important for all of us to talk to our doctors before taking any non-medical advice given here!!!

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I had vitamin b 6 deficiency 2X and B 12 once. Doctors had me take B 6 supplements. Then after a few years, without any labs to guide them several doctors through the years kept insisting that I stop B-6 supplement. I finally did so, as they gave me stupid reasons why I had the first deficiency. I didn't know they were stupid.

      About 15 years later, I had a combination B6 and B12 deficiency. I had multiple scans, and each week doctors said that I had something. different,-stroke, mini strokes, Parkinsons, ALS, brain cancer, allergies, and combination of things. Finally, a neurologist did complete labs- B deficieny- really bad ones. She told me to go to Walmart-take the vitamin B pills. Don't use multivitamins as they didn't work for me. Don't count on vitamins from food, because I wasn't digesting enough B vitamins to be healthy, and it was a wonder that I didn't die. The neurologist consulted GIs and they decided that since I had severe IBS-D since 1965, that my intestines are scarred enough to hinder normal absorption of vitamin B,

      I was finally diagnosed with cancer, and I was told that radiation would interfere in my ability to absorb nutrients. I didn't have any doctor to consult- was on waiting list to get back into the GI clinic, my family doctor handed me over to oncology, years later-the oncology hematologist missed the high out of range on B6. My current family doctor caught that right away, and she called me to come in. She ran a second test-LISTENED about IBS-D-the neurologist, etc. So I reduced my B6 consumption, and the tingling went away in a few months.

      Too little B-6 and too much B-6 have the same symptoms, as both cause nerve damage.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I had B-12 deficiency when I was diagnosed with cancer. I took shots. I loved those things! I started out with daily, then weekly and then monthly, as I recall. I used them like drugs. If I had something important coming up, like an agility trial where I needed extra energy, I would make sure it was that weekend when I got the B-12 shot!!

      I was sort of sad when my B-12 straightened itself out and I didn't need those shots any longer!!

      According to some people (many people, probably), I don't eat a very healthy diet. But for some unknown reason, my blood levels have always been really good, especially since I started being treated for cancer (even during chemo). Apparently, my body is able to use what vitamins it gets from what I eat ... the sun ... and whatever else. My doctors are always amazed that my blood tests are almost always darn-near perfect.(How lucky can a person be?) I've never been a vitamin taker ... or any kind of pill taker ... I'll walk around with a headache for hours because I forget that I could take a Tylenol or something for it.

      My B-12 deficiency was found by my PCP, too. She's awesome!! It sounds like yours is too! (Amazing what a person, including a doctor, can learn if they open their ears, huh?!!?)

      How's Jax?

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      What ticks me off is that a fancy-ancy blood specialist missed the B-6 problem. 6 weeks later, my doctor noticed it-that's when she got her copy of the labs. What was he looking for ZIKA?

      Jax is doing great. He's starting to make friends with my son. Jax hasn't swallowed any more tacks. Last week-Missy went up to him-and she sat down, and wagged her tail, while singing to him. He stared and stared-because he hadn't been around his own kind before. Then he started singing to her. They both wagged their tails the whole time. They took turns singing and then did a duet.

      He's starting to learn DOWN- he's sitting pretty good. At first it was sort of like calf throwing. We started that yesterday. I had him go down 3 times this AM. This AM he decided to stay down and relax. and that's real progress. He grew 2 inches taller, and his body is longer, so he's looking better-not so silly looking. The vacuum cleaner doesn't scare him at all. At first, he was scared of the swamp cooler when it went on, gun fire, fireworks, thunder, but he's over all of that now. I think that he just needed a home and a good coonhound friend like Missy

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I got a big smile just imagining the two dogs singing to one another and then their duet!! (And I could hear my husband yelling at them to shut up ... my poor dogs have to be so quiet. One bark and they get yelled at to shut up) (I am SO glad to hear that there have been no more tacks!!!!!)

      He's doing great getting over his fears!! Cotton barks at thunder, hides from lightning ... Not sure about gunfire or fireworks. She LOVES Harley Davidson motorcycles though!!! I took her when she was a pup to see my husband when he was on a cross-country motorcycle ride with tons of other motorcyclists. At first, she was scared, but then she started having fun. She's 9 now. She STILL gets excited when she hears a Harley Davidson (or any loud motorcycle).

      (We had a swamp cooler when I lived in West Texas!!! Your mention of it brings back lots of memories!)

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      He'd hate Jax for sure. Jax sounds like a fog horn-really. He's just starting to modulate- start changing pitch. I don't know why people get coonhound puppies and expect them to have soft gentle voices that can't be heard across a room. There should be bill boards that say-- Hounds can be heard a mile away- some can be heard 3 miles away. Poor silly doggie boy. He'd give a yelp and shake-almost peeing because he thought that he'd be beat and kicked. He had one injury on his rib that looked like someone put a cigarette out on him.

      He was so scared to come. I think the last home, called him- and went over and was possibly beat. We just were patient-and said-- Jax, oh Jax. and stopped saying come. I'd tie a 25 ft lead around my waist- have him walk with me, stay with me--after a few days, I'd say- Jax, come and reel him in. He needed lots of sweet talk.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      meyati, Jax got the perfect home! I'm glad you found each other!!

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Thanks-that means a lot. I'm just wired for hounds.

      5 months ago
    • Rider's Avatar
      Rider

      I have a numb neck, but that's from radiation not chemo.

      5 months ago

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