• Pins and Needles

    Asked by 2bbcontinued on Monday, September 3, 2012

    Pins and Needles

    Has anyone else with lung cancer been having these problems:
    Difficulty with balance.
    Having hot flashes accompanied by feelings of pins and needles through ears, arms, shoulders and forehead? I know hot flashes in and of themselves are not unusual for a female my age (56
    ). But the pin and needles I find rather odd.

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Did they tell you what type and stage your cancer is? and do they have you on chemotherapy right now before your surgery? Dad had stage 2b non-small-cell lung cancer 2+ years ago. All of the problems he had were related to breathing and fatigue, coughing up. I don't recall any pins and needles sensations, except a little in his feet from the chemotherapy later on. It seems like that may be related to your hormonal changes, but it's worth bringing it up with your doctor because of everything else you have going on. Aren't you lucky you get everything all at once.

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It is called peripheral neuropathy and it is a side effect of many chemo drugs.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      I have had the pins and needles sensation in various areas of the body, not just the hands and feet. The hot flashes tend to come in the evenings for me, all are symptomatic of chemo (peripheral neuropathy) as well as hormonal. I had not had any hormonal changes before chemo but the treatments do affect your system and kick start the "change in life". Yayyy...cancer and hormones...aren't we lucky? lol

      almost 9 years ago
    • mubby96's Avatar

      Hot flashes are also a side effect of the cancer being in your lymph nodes...Unfortunately I found that out the hard way.

      almost 9 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Pins and needle sensation is evidence of a nerve involvement. That could be chemo induced, but the areas you mention seem to indicate more of a pinched nerve or undue pressure on a nerve. Hot flashes are usually indicative of a hormone balance, but not just estrogen, it can also involve the endocrine system which does produce hormones as well. Many diabetics get that symptom when their sugar levels fluctuate. If you are having no other symptoms in these areas like weakness, I would call your physician and alert him to the situation. Sometimes certain steroids can produce these symptoms as well. If it is not usual to you, it is worth checking into. You know your comfort level better than anyone and why worry when the answer you seek is a phone call away.

      almost 9 years ago
    • 2bbcontinued's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for you responses. You have all given me good information and will be checking into this more thoroughly I appreciate you all taking the time to respond..

      almost 9 years ago

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