• Post-chemotherapy Neuropathy

    Asked by Onoi11 on Saturday, January 12, 2013

    Post-chemotherapy Neuropathy

    Does anyone know how long post- chemo neuropathy in fingers and toes lasts?

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • Knitkim's Avatar

      For me, and everyone is unique, I still battle with tingly toes, fingers and a cold nose. I find that doing hand and feet pampering is a big help. Also trying to keep my hand and feet warm and especially my feet, covered.

      I am also an avid knitter/crocheter. My cancer journey has been going on for over nine years. And the neuropathy comes and goes. Natural lotions with lavender and chamomile hep bunches too! Hope this helps!:)

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Sometimes forever. I've had it for just about a year now.

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My last chemo was March 17 2011 and I still have some problems with neuropathy in my feet and toes although it has improved. I did not have any lasting problems with neuropathy in my finger.

      over 8 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I completed chemotherapy in April 2012, and the tingling feeling in my fingers is just now beginning to subside - not 100% gone, but "just about." I never had involvement in my toes. Hope this helps.

      over 8 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      Thank you all for your helpful answers. It seems that the neuropathy is subsiding with some of you. I look forward to the day I can open the grocery store produce bags without a struggle. My fine tune skills are sub-par at the moment and frustrating.

      over 8 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I was told that it can take up to 2 years, but may never fully resolve. Essentially, at 2 years, you would probably be stuck at that level permanently, which is my case. I'm 4 1/2 years out of chemo (FolFox + Avastin) and still have some mild neuropathy issues. I had severe neuropathy, so this level isn't too bad, and only affects my life minimally. I have some loss of fine motor skills, and some pains in my toes.

      over 8 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      4 months out of chemo and still have tingling hands and feet along with numbness.

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I did have neuropathy in my fingers to the point where I couldn't button buttons, and I kept knocking things over. I really don't recall when all my feeling came back, I don't thing it was too long.

      over 8 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      I am 4 months out from chemo and have barely been able to walk properly due to neuropathy - feels like I'm walking on glass - so exercising, which I feel is essential to improving my chances of recovering more, is virtually impossible. I recently began taking a GP ordered medication Gabapentin - just 1 at bedtime and should increase over time to taking 3 times a day - and am noticing a slight improvement to the point where I feel I CAN walk some now. I'm hopeful as I begin to move more it will help with all the residual side effects. Hope this helps.

      over 8 years ago
    • Russ' Avatar

      Neuropathy is damaged nerves, that can never be healed, and are caused by Lyme disease, B12 deficiency, certain chemo drugs, diabetes, and/or HIV. I am a 12 year pancreatic cancer survivor, but I still battle neuropathy every day. I take 3 different medications for neuropathy, one of which is a pain pill. I take 2 pain pills at night, because that is when it is most painful. It is less painful in the daytime, because that is when I am most active. The other 2 medications are gabapentin, and nortriptyline. I hope you can find some relief.

      Best regards,

      about 8 years ago

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