• What helped you with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and how long did yours last?

    Asked by bonjour on Monday, November 14, 2011

    What helped you with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and how long did yours last?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      Mine was the result of the Taxol I took. We slowed the infusion to 5 1/2 hours from 4 hours, and I took Benadryl for a few days after the infusion. It was gone by the time I finished treatments. Thank goodness!

      Good luck

      almost 10 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      I am 3 years out and I have tried everything I had 13 rounds of chemo 8 of them taxoterre it feels like an elephant on my foot some days. I just started cymbalta 20 mg the lowest dosage there is i was first given 30 mg but it made me sick so they lowered me to 20 and right now it is amazing the pain in my feet is 90% gone i have only been on it for 3 weeks. another side effect of it has been the no more hot flashes.... i must say with winter coming up i will miss my hot flashes but myc family is so looking forward to not freezing during a blizzard cus I have shorts on and the door open!!
      I have tried every natural thing out there including b6 nothing worked for me so iam glad this is talk to your dr about the pain and also diabetic boards are a great source of nerve pain as they suffer from it also. good luck

      almost 10 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Mine seems to be permanent, tho much improved since adding alpha lipoic acid to my supplement mix. I was told 600-800 mg twice a day, but couldn't tolerate that. I've done great on 600-800 mg with breakfast. I had a dramatic improvement within a few weeks. I started about 13 months after I finished chemo (FolFox). I still (3 1/2 years after chemo) have some problems, but they are minimal.

      almost 10 years ago
    • bonjour's Avatar

      Thank you, all, for your answers. They certainly are varied--in duration of the problem and in solutions. I'll give the Lyrica a chance and talk to my doc about other options you've mentioned. I don't like reading "can sometimes last several years" when I research neuropathy or chemo brain, etc. Chemotherapy may have saved my life, but when I'm talking about side effects I say: "Chemo: the gift that keeps on giving." LOL

      almost 10 years ago
    • DavidEmerson's Avatar

      The link below will take you to an article about supplement therapies for chemo-induced pn- glutamine, ala, etc.- dosages too. I have found also that exercise helps mine as well.


      David Emerson

      over 9 years ago
    • ImStillHere's Avatar

      I've had it for just over a year, but fortunately the shooting pain component of it has gone away. My feet and hands are still fuzzy, but it seems a small price to pay for continuing to live in this beautiful world of ours.

      about 9 years ago

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