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    Hi Ellen, I'm a pancreatic cancer patient. Please let me know if I can be of help and answer any questions you might have about the process.

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    Onoi11 asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

    Post-chemotherapy Neuropathy

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      HeidiJo

      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 3 years ago
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      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 3 years ago
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      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,
      Russ

      over 3 years ago
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    Onoi11 asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

    Cravings. Why?

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      I have post-treatment cravings for potatoes. The drug I receive depletes my blood potassium and potatoes have a pretty good dose of it. I think that our body associates certain tastes with what it receives when we eat those foods. It seems that cravings are a response to a lack of something that our body needs. Lately, I have apparently had a lack of chocolate in my system. :-0

      over 3 years ago
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      I suspect you're right about cravings.
      As a "by the way" let me pass along that I recently read about two foods that (allegedly) have the capacity to kill cancer cells: black raspberries and hemp seeds (no, not marihuana...). I've been eating a bit of both just in case it helps...(I figure neither will hurt me, so why not?). JMS

      over 3 years ago
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      Haven't had Whipple yet. Will learn soon if I'm a candidate following radiation and chemo. I hope so.

      over 3 years ago
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    Before I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I craved lemon peel. So I continue to eat it, even one year later, with a touch of salt added for taste. When I Googled lemon peel I read where it is loaded with vitamins and natural chemicals. Maybe my body knows something I don't?

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      GregP_WN

      well, that's entirely possible! If you want to get the feedback from all of the community, repost this as a question so everyone can see it. Here, as an update you won't get that much feedback as the only ones who see your page are those who follow you.

      over 3 years ago
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    JMS, your near death experience sounds comforting....to read that it felt like a gentle transition is comforting to know. I took care of my mother with the assist of hospice and her exit was also very peaceful. In fact, I couldn't tell when she passed over the threshold.