• Neuropathy

    Asked by Mfausset1 on Thursday, January 31, 2013


    Is anyone familiar with any natural approaches to treating neuropathy/preventing further damage? Luckily, I have made it through almost all my treatments without noticing this- however, lately I have noticed the tips of some of my fingers being "numb-like" and I was wondering if there are any herbs/supplements/etc. that anybody has taken and had success with? thanks!

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      CIPN (chemo induced peripheral neuropathy) is the result, not the cause of nerve damage. The cause is chemotherapy. My oncologist suggested B6, but that really hasn't help any. I find that the best way to deal with it is to keep my hands and feet limber and moving as much as possible.

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My onc recommended specific daily doses of Alpha Lipoic Acid, B6, and Folate. I think they helped me as my neuropathy got better for the last few weeks of chemo. As always, ask your doctor before taking anything.

      over 5 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      My oncologist had me on 600mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid supplement. It helped with hand cramping during chemo but not sure how much it is helping with the tingling and numbness in hands and feet that started after chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • fuzztig's Avatar

      My oncologist recommended taking a B-complex vitamin. So far it has helped with neuropathy in my toes.

      over 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Both of my feet are numb from Cisplatin. I take 900 mg of gabapentin every morning and that seems to keep everything in check.

      over 5 years ago
    • Knockonwood's Avatar

      I have calcium and magnesium infused prior to the oxaliplatin and after the oxaliplatin goes in. I take Alpha Lipoic Acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Astragalus and L-Glutamine for neuropathy. I'm not sure if any of it works. My neuropathy lasts for about 5 days after treatment, then is pretty much gone, just minor tingling around cold things.

      over 5 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      I also thought I would make it through the months of post-surgical chemo (12 sessions, every other week for three days of FolFox) without experiencing any peripheral neuropathy, but about after session #11 it began hitting with the same effects as with you in finger tips as well as toes and bottom of feet. Not so painful as uncomfortable. My NP oncologist recommended a daily regimine of folic acid, B-complex, B-12 and alpha lopoic acid, which I commenced once I completed by FolFox in early August. I have found no real improvement, but at a recent Neurophathy Support Group, was advised to increase the alpha lopoic acid to 900 mg per day, which I commenced about six weeks ago. I also saw several clinical studies on the internet that indicated improvment after 90 days, again I have not yet seen any change. My oncologist indicatred that while PN can be permenant, in many cases the nerve coverings can eventually regenerate and NP decreases or even goes away, but will take over a year-plus to see if it happens. I am hoping so. If you learn something, please share as I -- and certain others - are equaly frustrated and seeking relief. Best. Papabill

      over 5 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I was advised to wear socks during chemo, which I was doing thru the summer, so I always had extra sox with me. My nueropthy kicked in about 3 months after completing chemo, in my hands & feet. I tale a Super B complex vitamin (check with your doc first) and my hands are about back to normal. The feet....maybe 80%/ Still have some tingles & cold feet.

      over 5 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I wear gloves a lot. During treatment, I would reach into the refrigerator with an OveGlove. It protected my hand from what felt like extreme cold temperatures. With cold weather right now, always protect your extremities from the cold temperature.

      over 5 years ago
    • Sooz's Avatar

      We have had great success with a homeopathic remedy called Neuroveen. You can find it by searching the name as the company has several products for various things. It is compatible with chemo drugs but check with your oncologist first. This even worked in the coldest of winter for 2 winters- hardly any tingling or pain throughout season.

      over 5 years ago

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