• Whats the right treatment to get my legs and feet back into shape.

    Asked by Tunes on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Whats the right treatment to get my legs and feet back into shape.

    Wanting to return back to work full time, but my legs and feet are not allowing it, started Pt but don't really feel it is helping

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy (Best Answer!)

      Sounds like you may have had something on the order of CHOP as your chemo regimen. If so, the Vincristine in that recipe ("Oncovin" the "O" in CHOP) causes peripheral neuropathy. How your body chooses to deal with recovery from this is highly individualized, and no one can accurately predict the outcome. Some neuropathy resolves, some remains the same and some worsens. Sadly, only time will tell. What we do know is that, after chemotherapy, we are all damaged goods and must make the best of life as it arrives. To avoid disappointment, I do not think of "getting back to my old self" since that old self had cancer in his future. Rather, I give thanks for the life that has been spared and move ahead in my physically diminished condition. PT will very likely help, but you must be prepared to give it all the time that it needs.

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      PT is a start, and much slower than most of us would like. I do encourage you to do the exercises at home too. After Pt you might ask if the center has a exercise group for cancer survivors or look for a LiveStrong program at the local YMCA.

      over 3 years ago
    • jhale17's Avatar

      Peripheral Neuropathy

      My CHOP chemo gave me peripheral neuropathy symptoms. It affected my hands and feet and became more severe in later chemo treatments. Within six months after treatments my hands got better with almost no signs of damage. My feet got a little better by then but I was still having balance problems.

      This is what worked for me. I attended a Tai Chi class once a week for three years. I also did twenty minute workout at home most days.

      Tai Chi reduced my balance problems a great deal the first year. There was some unexpected improvement in later years. I still notice the nerve damage in the bottom of my feet. Tai Chi added awareness as I moved and allowed me to be careful particularly when the walking pathway changes. Eventually I was no longer falling down.

      The class time is about one hour doing slow movements while standing. If you want fast movements you will not find it in Tai chi.

      I recommend going to an instructor first to learn the warm up positions correctly then getting a CD to watch and use at home. I did not do it that way an injured my knee by over doing moves while watching the CD. There are many CDs out there; I would ask your instructor for one doing his/her style of Tai Chi.

      I am holding good thoughts for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      If you are talking about weakness, I recommend physical therapy. I am a physical therapist and we create and individual exercise program to meet your needs -- strengthening those muscles that need it, stretching what needs to be stretched, balance exercises if needed ,etc.
      If you cannot afford P.T., yoga is excellent for strengthening and stretching.

      over 3 years ago
    • debbie1951's Avatar

      If it is any consolation, the hip, joint, leg and feet pain does lessen over time. However, the best thing for me is to get up and move frequently. It is hard to do at work, but if I sit for more than 20 minutes or so, I get so stiff that I can barely walk. Especially my hips. This all started after RCHOP ended. My oncologist said it is one of the lingering effects of RCHOP, but not well understood.

      over 3 years ago
    • Sofi's Avatar

      For me, yoga has helped a lot. I did yoga before diagnosis (but not during treatment as I just couldn't manage it), but after RCHOP and radiation, started again this past January. There are a lot of different kinds of yoga, so it's good to find a kind and level that meet your needs and then take it slowly. I still have aches and pains, but I think movement helps a lot even if, at first, you feel like you'd rather not move. Exercise classes with friends are the best...it's a great way to stay motivated.

      over 3 years ago

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