• Is this muscle/joints pains from taxol OR neuropathy pain? Been having shooting spasms, and a little trouble walking? what to do?

    Asked by emdanuco on Sunday, April 21, 2013

    Is this muscle/joints pains from taxol OR neuropathy pain? Been having shooting spasms, and a little trouble walking? what to do?

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    • lchapman2000's Avatar

      Call your oncologist. I had that after my firstt infusion and she said it was an allergy. Of course, I had excrutiating pain and couldn't walk. It felt like someone shattered all of my bones. They told me to take Benadryl and the Dexamethasone every 4 hours during the day for the next 48 hours. It helped. The next infusion they switched chemos.

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      For me, it was the Taxol, per my oncologist. I also have neuropathy. For me, neuropathy is mostly numbness in my hands and feet. The occasional pain I get is nothing compared to after my 1st chemo. Mostly it's just annoying. I hope you find a solution.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      If the pain is severe you can even call the doctor or the doctor on call and not wait until Monday morning. I know from experience for instance when the kids were little the doctor on call had a way of letting you know they were not happy about the intrusion but to me the oncology doctors and staff are extremely compassionate. I think they expect the calls and rotate the shifts. Hope you can feel better soon.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I never got joint pains, but did get neuropathy from the Taxol I took during chemo. I finished chemo (except for my Herceptin) the end of January, but still have a little bit of neuropathy in both toes and fingers. Some days are worse than others. Only one time during chemo did the neuropathy hurt so much that I finally took something to make me sleep and went to bed to sleep it off! It's very irritating, isn't it? Seems like "they" should be able to find a cure for it--Gaberpentin (sp?) doesn't really work for me unless I'm taking it 300 mg 3x a day--and even then, results are mixed! You have my sympathy.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Joint/muscle pain is listed as a side affect of taxol on the following website: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/taxol-side-effects.html . I had muscle/joint pain when I was on taxol and had a little trouble walking after my last treatment. I still have some problems with neuropathy a little over 2 years after my last treatment although it has improved. I also still get muscle cramps occasionally at night time. I told my doctor about my problems when I was going through chemotherapy but about all he said was that I needed the chemotherapy to keep my cancer from coming back. He didn't offer any solutions for these side affects.

      over 4 years ago
    • emdanuco's Avatar

      Thank you all so much for your time and help. I spoke to my Oncologist that day. She asked me to take Vicodin and Ativan for the pain but unfortunately it did not provide optimal relief but I will see the Pain Mngt team for better option prior to my next round.
      The joint/muscle pains were worse on day 2-3 after chemo but started subsiding after day 5 as my Oncologist assured me. Leg weakness/ trouble walking worse on day 4, with occ. Feet/hands tingling and numbness that started fading by day 6-7

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I was taking Gemzar and Taxotere. For me, the severe muscle/bone pain that hindered my walking was from the Taxotere. My neuropathy was mild compared to some people - numbness in my hands only, and it is almost all gone - April 20, 2012 was my last chemo treatment. Hope this helps, but your oncologist is the one that can answer your question best.

      over 4 years ago

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