• Ice caps to prevent neuropathy

    Asked by mcgheere on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Ice caps to prevent neuropathy

    It's been a year since I finished chemo and I am left with neuropathy. Reading up on different info I came across an article about the usage of ice caps on hands/feet/head during the actual treatment to prevent hair loss and nerve damage. Apparently this has been standard practice in Europe for the past ten years, and the FDA is now starting to look in to it.
    I would like to suggest to anybody that is about to start chemo or is still going through treatment to ask their doctor if that is something that they can apply.
    Thinking it can only help, right?

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • raven's Avatar

      I read about this about 1/2 way through my chemo and iced my hands and toll my chemo laying down with feet elevated. My chemo nurses and Oncologist laughed, but humored me. I think it did help and would do the same again.

      over 6 years ago
    • Diamondm35's Avatar

      I have terrible neuropathy and I'm on gabapentin too. And it does very little for my pain. 5 months out of chemo

      over 6 years ago
    • Roses4ever's Avatar

      I also got neuropathy. If I would have known about the ice treatment I would have tried it. My last chemo was only 4 months ago, but the pain has overwhelmingly been unbearable. I had to go get a second opinion cause my onc was like it will go away and seems to not even care. She did have me try gabapentin but even at the highest dose it did absolutely nothing. My pain is so severe that my wrists feel broken, bones in my fingers feel broken, and I can hardly walk due to leg and foot pain. It's been so debilitating. Finally I went to a new onc who also specializes in pain management. He was awesome! He said mine is a mixture of neuropathy, depression, and no estrogen. He put me on methadone. Yes I know it sounds scary but it's a very low dose. Within 2 days I'm feeling almost like a normal person. It's been a week now and I even exercised for 30 min. today. My hands are still numb and I still have some pain in one wrist but nothing like I was before. I know it sounds pretty extreme but mine was definitely an extreme case. It's nice to have someone actually listen to me and know how to treat it. Thank God!!!!

      over 6 years ago

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