• Neuropathy & cold weather

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Neuropathy & cold weather

    The last week my neropathy has gotten worse. It's also been the coldest weather we've had this winter, w/highs in the teens. Does neuropathy get worse in the cold?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Mine hasn't. I've not noticed that weather or any other environmental factors makes it either better or worse.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      That's an interesting question. I'm sure the cold can't help much. But maybe also consider the socks and so on. I'll rub it in-- the weather here is beautiful. I'm in Florida, with 75 degrees tomorrow, and 79 Sunday. Sunny and perfect. If it would stay like this the whole year, tourists would never go home.

      Dad stopped chemotherapy in October. He still has his peripheral neuropathy in his feet this time around. I am sorry you are going through that in addition to your illness. I wish there was something better to alleviate that.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      If it gets really bad, have you asked your doctor about something like Cymbalta (duloxetine)? I am curious what they have to say about it. http://chicago2012.asco.org/ASCODailyNews/CRA9013.aspx

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I've had neuropathy problems in my feet, which were much more noticeable a few months ago. I went to a podiatrist to deal with it. My neuropathy was worse in the evening, which she said was due to the fact that by the end of the day, most people have some swelling in their feet, which puts more pressure on the damaged nerves. Each morning the neuropathy was diminished. So you might try to analyze whether there is any pattern by time of day, by noticeable swelling, by whether you've been outside more that day, and so on. Then perhaps your symptoms might be more manageable.

      The podiatrist also recommended a prescription for Cymbalta, which I decided not to get filled only because the neuropathy was getting less noticeable, and goodness knows I'd had enough chemicals in my body already. If your neuropathy is bad, Cymbalta is actually highly recommended by lots of doctors.

      My nutritionist recommended several supplements, including Alpha-Lineolic Acid and Vitamin B-6, which I've continued taking along with L-Glutamate. Vitamin B-6 was also recommended by my internist years ago when I had nerve damage caused by a broken elbow. These may have helped, or things might have gotten better anyway--it's hard to know which is which.

      I live in frozen NJ, but as a former Southerner, I've mostly stayed inside to avoid the cold recently, so I don't have an opinion about effects of the recent extreme cold weather.

      Good luck with dealing with this, and I hope it's getting better.

      over 4 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      Shelby, Mine has been worse this past week and I've sort of written it off to the cold weather, too, but it was just a guess for me. I'll ask my oncologist on Thursday. I also wondered if it was just like all the rest of the side effects ... tougher after that last round?

      Keep those fingers and toes warm! Hopefully some of the numbness will go away soon!

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I live in Southern New Jersey where we are experiencing colder than normal temps this week. I have not noticed my neuropathy (in my hands only - I don't have it in my feet) any worse, except sometimes at night.

      over 4 years ago
    • u4cats' Avatar

      Mine definitely has been. I'm back to wearing gloves, scarves and multiple socks at work just to make it through the day. Plus the constant shivering all day is making me have muscle cramps and tension headaches. Layers, Layers, Layers :) I hope you warm up soon.

      over 4 years ago

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