Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

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kellywin
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby kellywin » Fri May 03, 2019 12:18 pm

I'm coming up on 6 years out from my last Oxi infusion. I'd say it took maybe 9 months to even out and get to the point I'm out now. I only did 5 infusions in the vein that included Oxi and I've definitely got it in my feet. Most everything in my fingers/hands went away fairly quickly and my feet recovered some (I stopped falling all the time). I've been on gabapentin (Neurontin) for a long time, without it, it would be worse. It's been a life saver and after almost 6 years, I just upped my dose. My feet do hurt and feel "fuzzy" all the time, but I do most everything I did before. The only thing that really pisses me off is that I can't wear my beautiful really high platform heels like I used to, too much pain. I do wear heels everyday now, just not the really tall ones (although I may change that as I slipped off one last week and fractured by fricking foot). My balance on both feet is pretty good, on one, not as much. For everyday life, it doesn't really get in the way, it's mostly annoying and frustrating, but you learn to live with it.

I'd say if you're at the 1 year mark whatever is left is probably going to stay. I highly recommend gabapentin, even if it just gets you through this phase. Plus, if you're a woman and you are now post menopause, the one positive side effect of gabapentin is that it helps hot flashes & night sweats - like amazingly!

Post chemo is a strange spot to be in I think. I think everyone expects you to just be ok now, you're not in treatment so you're great now, right? At least for me, I wanted to punch people in the face :twisted: . I looked great, had lost weight, so I must be fine. When inside I had so many feelings that I didn't know what to do with I was struggling with neuropothy, but no one gets it. Sorry for the side commentary - I just got on here again yesterday, been awhile, and posting this just reminded me of being in this spot that so many of you are in now.

Best wishes to everyone.

Kelly
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby Surroundedbylove » Sat May 04, 2019 3:24 am

I’m 10 years out from treatment and I have permanent neuropathy. It definitely improved over the 18 mo the after oxaliplatin was stopped. My medical team explained that it generally takes 18 months or so to regrow nerves or nerve endings - if they are going to regrow. After that, I worked with my doctors to manage the neuropathy the best we can.
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby crikklekay » Mon May 06, 2019 9:24 am

My husband's last treatment was August last year, and our doctor recommended adding B Complex to his daily meds regimen at home to help with the neuropathy. She warned us that it could take years to see improvement but not to lose hope. I know it seems trivial, but recently his feet have become ticklish again! Before he couldn't really feel much sensation except for the electric jolt or tingling so I feel like it's an improvement.
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby betsydoglover » Mon May 06, 2019 9:32 am

It's not always that bad. I had 6 infusions (the every 3 weeks amount) in my arm. I stopped the week after Thanksgiving and my finger tips, as well as the cold sensitivity, cleared up almost immediately. The tingling in my feet (which was never terrible) ended within a few weeks. However, that winter my feet were freezing - bought my first ever pair of big, wooly LL Bean slippers.

Hope you have the same good fortune.
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby Kbelo » Mon May 06, 2019 7:51 pm

I had my last FOLFIRINOX infusion Jan 2nd and definitely noticed and increase in the severity of neuropathy for the following few weeks, including the electric pulses down my legs when I moved my head forward (called l'hermittes sign, I think?). I've noticed the pulses stopped about a month ago (3 months post treatment) and I have very minor tingling remaining in my feet and finger tips. Overall I'm pleased with the improvements. At its worst I was rolling my ankle and tripping due to lack of proper sensation in my feet - now I'm able to do aerobics and dancing without issues.
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Re: Neuropathy improvement: individual experience

Postby Surroundedbylove » Tue May 14, 2019 6:55 pm

I’m more than 10 years now from my oxaliplatin treatment. I distinguished between the cold sensitivity and the neuropathy - different types of pain really. For neuropathy, I was pretty classic according to my neurologist: 18 months after radiation ended was the peak of my improvement. It apparently takes about 18 months (give or take) for nerve endings to regrow - if they are going to regrow. I did do the electrically enhanced acupuncture to help “jump start” that process. I think that was at about the 6 - 12 month point and wished I’d tried it earlier.
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