• Neuropathy

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Monday, May 6, 2013


    I actually have a medical related question. Can you believe it?

    I know there are quite a few of us on here that suffer from CIPN (chemo induced peripheral neuropathy). I have found quite a bit of success with gabapentin which controls the pain and discomfort associated with it but I'm wondering about massage. Has anyone found that getting massages has helped to eliminate any pain or numbness? I would really like to stop taking gabapentin but I don't function very well without it.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • little_fut's Avatar

      Perhaps shiatsu? I now it•s good for everything else. The art of pressure point massage.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I get messages and energy work done regularly, and it really helps with physical pain and emotional healing. I get restorative massages and mostly Raki. I've had acupressure massages, which massages the areas used in acupuncture, but therapist needs to be careful not to apply too much pressure, check with your oncology team to find out what types of massages they think would be best for your. You may also want to try acupuncture, which is ok, unless you are having issues with your platelet count - it is very effective in relieving pain.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Please be very careful with massage. There is some indication that it can move fluids that might contain cancer cells into the Lymph system and then into the body. There are massage therapists who are trained in cancer massage however, where and how to find them I don't know. Perhaps your Onc or hospital might but please ask your Onc. if this is o.k. for you.
      Call M.D. Anderson or MSK and ask about speaking to any massage therapists they might have for cancer ..

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Have you tried Alpha Lipoic Acid? My PCP was going to put me on Lyrica for the neuropathy, but an integrative med MD recommended 600-800 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid twice a day. I only tolerated a single dose a day (nausea with the evening doses), but still had incredible improvement - never needed the Rx drugs. Granted, this doesn't work for everyone, but is worth a try.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I have to admit when I saw you posting a QUESTION, I was looking for a punchline. I usually refer to you for many answers to questions regarding experience. I can tell you that from a nurses viewpoint, Massage is beneficial for peripheral neuropathy as is other alternative therapies like TENS, Biofeedback, Acupuncture, Hypnosis and Relaxation Techniques to name a few. I don't think that you will have as much success as to warrant removal of a pharmacologic, but you could find a dose reduction might be in order. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • INSBOB's Avatar

      i had neuropathy due to chemo, it was XXX. Pain, couldn't walk right. fell ended up in hospital for 4 days due to fall. was on different meds including gabapentin. well the good news is ITS GONE. and i don't see the neurologist anymore and got rid of all the mind bending pills that did nothing. the answer was ACUPUNCTURE. i never thought i would tell some gal to stick it to me and she did and all gone. my neurologist (i think) lied to me when he asked for her card. he could lose a lot of business. the bad news is that a lot of insurance including Medicare doesn't cover it but think of the pain is gone and the savings of $$ on drugs and the pain is gone. regards and good luck. insbob.com

      over 3 years ago

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