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    Neuropathy..How Long after chemo does it last?

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      Justellen

      My last chemo was january 13, 2014. (folfox) A few weeks later my fingers felt calloused when they weren’t and then the tingling started. During chemo I made them give me the lowest dosage of oxi, because neuropathy was my greatest fear, as I am an artist. I am trying acupuncture. I think it is working. I’ll keep you posted.

      almost 3 years ago
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      jenp

      I finished chemo about 11 years ago - I have neuropathy in my feet (mainly the bottoms of my feet). It hasn't gone away, but it's not constant (or not constantly that bad - my feet feel tired most of the time, even if I haven't been on them all day, but it's usually bearable). I occasionally have really bad pins and needles. I once in awhile have nights where my feet just are not comfortable at all, and I can't sleep. (like tonight). I don't take anything for the pain except very occasional ibuprofen. i have found that foot rubs from my husband help a lot. :) I don't think it ever goes away, maybe for some people. My oncologist told me it would possibly be permanent, and it has been so far. I had taxotere (among other drugs) in my chemo regimen, I've heard that drug is a big one for causing neuropathy.

      over 2 years ago
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      papabill

      Just an update: I completed my 12 sessions (6-1/2months) of post-surgical FolFox chemo (oxaliplatin) in August 2013 and still have the chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy in my feet and slightly in my finger tips, which commenced after my 10th session. For me at this stage my toes feel like they are wrapped tightly in rubber bands/duct tape and the balls of my feet feel as if they are swollen (they are not), especially pronounced when walking . There are nights when I try and go to sleep it then feels as if my toes are being squeezed in a vise. While I do not have the typical neuropathy symptoms of burning and pins and needle stabbing as depicted in the commercials, most times it is livable except I cannot run with the grandkids like before and then on those many nights it really flairs up with that squeezing that prevents sleep. Overall I have been taking high dozes of Alpha Lipoic Acid (1,200mg) along with folic acid and B6, B12, B complex, but have not seen any improvement. The best for me has been on the nights when the feet feel so squeezed is to take 25mg Ambien and after about 30 minutes or so it kicks in and eases the feet enough for me to get to sleep. My oncologist also said if by now there has not been any real improvement, it is most likely permanent. For others the chemo-induced neuropathy does subside within a couple of years. Hopefully it will be for you, too. They say chemo is the gift that keeps on giving. And it seems for me they were right. Keep the faith.

      over 2 years ago
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