• my hair thats left is so picky and sore what 2 do wass tuld not to shave becaus

    Asked by mommacoitti on Monday, April 8, 2013

    my hair thats left is so picky and sore what 2 do wass tuld not to shave becaus

    how do u handle knumb feet?

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    • KimmieJo's Avatar
      KimmieJo

      Neuropathy can be a huge issue! I spoke with my oncologist who at first had me on Gabapentin for it. That did not work so well for me. My GP then put me on a med that is actually an antidepressant called Elavil and it works great for the neuropathy in both my hands and feet. I am on a small dosage right now but my doctor said that it could be increased if it needed to be.

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      I also tried gabapentin. It didn't help me either and in fact the swelling due to the gabapentin made it worse. Liraca was better but expensive. I now use nothing and can't tell the difference. The tenderness of the scalp goes away mostly. I cut the left over hair with scissors. Some things I have just had to deal with because so many meds I don't react well to. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Just thought I drop by and wish you the best of luck coping with this issue. Sounds like you got some great advice from KimmieJo and princess123

      almost 4 years ago
    • jgoat01's Avatar
      jgoat01

      My head was sore and I joked to my friends that my hair folicals were dying. I ended up shaving my head cause I couldn't stand the itching and gobs of hair just pulling out. It was a relief after I shaved it. My fingers and toes did stay numb for a while but I didn't take anything for it. I stopped chemo Jan. 10 and they are just now getting feeling back to them. Good luck and God bless you!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • gogolf's Avatar
      gogolf

      I also was told not to shave it but when it started hurting I had it cut to about 1/4 inch and then it stopped hurting. Now as it is growing back sometime it hurts for a short time and I decided that is when it is a growing spurt and so I like the hurt now. It will get better, Have a Good Day.

      almost 4 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar
      MRoadrunner

      All great answers but I have to add something. I had PCI and my scalp burned, blistered and itched. I was prescribed lidocaine cream which is mixed with aquaphor, and believe me, it kept me from the loony bin! Call your doc and see if you can get some ASAP. I had to pay $32. for a jar because it wasn't covered by my insurance, but it was worth every penny. Good Luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar
      MRoadrunner

      I forgot to add that they don't want you shaving in case you cut yourself. I went to a barber and got it done.

      almost 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar
      virginiab

      Okay, I know this sounds wierd, but I found that using a tape-covered lint roller on my head (which I had trimmed to 1/4") helped with the itching/pain. It pulled out loose hairs and left the others. I used one from 3M, but I imagine a dollar store version would also work.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      Shaving can irritate your follicles and if your immunity is low, trigger folliculitis (extremely painful). I had that and I am still getting over it 3 weeks later. I too have neuropathy pain and tingling. I only use Tylenol or Advil alternating for it. And no Advil if oncologist says platelets are low. What helps me is rubbing and massaging my feet and hands. I use a personal massager to help the tingling, and ice packs at night. It does get better but will come and go during treatment. I am going into round 3 of chemo and the neuropathy has stayed longer with each round. Good luck! Focus on the end, that is what I am trying to do.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      If your hair has just began falling out...just a couple warm showers will probably help the rest fall out. It is dramatic and upsetting...(no kidding!) But once it's mostly all out...easier to deal with. I found the soft cottony preshaped scarf-hats the most comfortable...and wore them at home and with friends and family. Also...if you go the wig route (I did, so as not to scare my toddler students at work)... check out different styles/manufacturers as some are MUCH more comfortable than others. The 'specialty' cancer shops were ridiculously expensive and fakey looking. I had better luck at a big beauty supply store that had very reasonably priced wigs in every style you can imagine. They also had a cubicle to try them on and a very helpful and understanding assistant. They also have a very soft 'cap' you can wear under wigs that was pretty helpful when my scalp was super tender. I felt more 'normal' wearing the wig out... when I wore the scarf-hat...could feel the stares and pity.

      almost 4 years ago
    • rlclark93654's Avatar
      rlclark93654

      My head/hair hurt so bad that the wind would blow and I would be in tears, I shaved it as close as possible to my scalp and almost all of the pain was gone, it was the best thing I could have of done, relief (without more meds)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      If your head gets irritated, witch hazel works great an a disinfectant and Bachs Rescue Cream is super amazing! Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago

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