• My Chemo and radiation have been done for a few months now, but I have noticed a new problem. Has anyone experienced a electric like feeling going down the back into the buttocks and legs? This happens every single time I look down. I went to my regular D

    Asked by mac101467 on Monday, December 12, 2011

    My Chemo and radiation have been done for a few months now, but I have noticed a new problem. Has anyone experienced a electric like feeling going down the back into the buttocks and legs? This happens every single time I look down. I went to my regular D

    I have been treated for Squamous cell cancer of the esphogeous.

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    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      last time I had that feeling it was from a nerve u may have a pinched nerve

      about 5 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      I thought that too, but have been checked and the Dr did not feel it was a pinched nerve or bulging disc. Hoping it is and will give it a bit more time to see if it releives itself.

      about 5 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar
      susie81610

      It may be caused by the radiation and swelling on the inside even though its been a couple months your still a mess inside. Did you ask your radiation Dr about it? Hope you figure it out maybe some stretching exercises a little at a time? I was getting them around my ribs when I was going through chemo and radiation then when the swelling went down inside they went away?
      Good Luck

      about 5 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar
      krbrowndog

      You said the Doctor said it wasn't a pinched nerve but you didn't say what type doc said that. If he was not a chiropractor, go to one of those, MD's don't know much about pinched nerves and actually don't seem to want to know either.

      about 5 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar
      krbrowndog

      As addendum to my last post, doctors seem to mean well but they do live in boxes and have little capacity to expand there range of thinking. Never take an answer you don't like lightly, go find another opinion and get the opinion from someone who actually deals with your particular issue, (in this case a tingling feeling when you look down) this should be something looked at by someone who specializes in that type of symptom.

      about 5 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      Hi Krbrowndog, Got an answer that explains a lot. Excuse the spelling on this (unsure if it is right or not ). It is call L'Hermittes sign and will most likely go away in less than a year. Just have to go for an additional scan to make sure nothing is going whacky in the neck. Once that comes back negative, then they can confirm all is fine.

      about 5 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      susie81610, Thanks also for your input. The Radiation Dr also did mention that scarring is still going on and there is still a fair amount of swelling in the interior that will take a long time to go away. Guess I was just premature on thinking all would get better fast, but getting better is still happening, so I have not one thing to be upset on at the moment, even though every little twinge, pinch, etc makes me very very nervous.

      about 5 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar
      Keephopealive

      You get neuropathy from chemo...tingling, damage to the nerves.

      about 5 years ago
    • ladybird's Avatar
      ladybird

      I had the same symtom following my radiation, and chemo. My radiation oncologist said to limit and strenuous activity during healing. It slowly went away within apprximately a few years. I still avoid strain, use chiropractic treatment, and message therapy as well to keep it that way.

      over 4 years ago
    • dvdbriansr's Avatar
      dvdbriansr

      I may be new to the group as well as a brand new cancer patient, but, I have been dealing with issues of the spine for most all of my adult life. This may not be cancer or treatment related, this sounds more like a sciatic nerve problem and may require an orthopedic DR or surgeon to resolve. Sometimes simple things like rest, relaxation and possibly traction and time will allow you some relief. Although it may take some pretty expensive procedures to discover, things like CT and/or MRI, many years ago they used the mylogram to detect problems of this nature, thankfully this is not used that much these days, as it can produce more pain, discomfort and has been known to rupture unstable discs. It also does have a pretty rough recovery time in some patients. Hope this may help and you find the answer and some relief.

      over 4 years ago
    • patchez0's Avatar
      patchez0

      Yes I had some similar symptons mine went up and down the back side of my head and neck on the left side. I thought it may have been the onset of a stroke several times....or just a brain lapse! I talked to my gp...and such...but there seemed to be no concern amongst my doctors of radation or chemo or the gp...so I've learned to live with it. However now that we are 4 weeks out of treatments the sensation seems to have dissappeared! So while I cannot offer an answer of why or what causes it....just that I understand the feeling you have and it can be abit uneasy at first. But in my case seems tohave presented no real problems.

      over 4 years ago

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