Check-out excerpts from this awesome online Cure Magazine article about chemotherapy induced-peripheral neuropathy (PN) or (CIPN):
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Numbing Down Neuropathy
Research and awareness help patients to understanding and manage chemotherapy-related peripheral neuropathy.
By the time Kristine Darnell told her doctor about the pain in her feet, she could barely walk. “I remember telling myself, ‘the pain is bearable.’ I thought that I had to be strong and not complain,” she says now.
What Darnell was experiencing is a condition called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a form of nerve damage that, for some patients, is painful and so debilitating it causes them to stop their treatment early. Certain chemotherapy drugs are more often linked to neuropathy, but radiation, surgery and the tumor itself may also damage nerves.
Darnell describes her symptoms as “pins and needles.” Others describe the condition as shooting, burning, tingling or electric shock-like pain or a sense of numbness, especially in the hands and feet…
In-depth analysis follows, including Don’t Settle for Neuropathy, Relief for CIPN and Preventing Neuropathy Before It Starts.
Here’s another excerpt that provides some helpful advice about how to improve things:
Relief may be in sight for Darnell and others living with painful peripheral neuropathy. New data from a phase 3 clinical trial found people, many of whom were diagnosed with gastrointestinal or breast cancers, who were initially treated with the antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine), had less neuropathic pain than people who were given a placebo…
There is currently no FDA-approved treatment for CIPN, although some patients are treated off-label with gabapentin or pregabalin, common treatments for other forms of nerve damage-related pain. Some people with CIPN also respond to venlafaxine and other antidepressants that are sometimes used to treat nerve pain—or to opioids for severe pain management.
In addition, many people with neuropathy benefit from other complementary strategies, such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, commonly used to treat nerve pain. Darnell reports that she has found relief through yoga, meditation and journaling…
Let me share the link to Ms. Swartz’ feature:
PN is a significant issue for me. Gabapentin helps a lot. But want to know what works best? Oxycodone. I know, I know; the evil oxy. It isn’t the primary reason I take it–I have a number of collapsed vertebrae, a result of my bone marrow cancer–but its a nice bonus.
Here are some links to previous posts I’ve written on the subject on my daily MultipleMyelomaBlog.com:
Tips To Help Minimize The Pain And Discomfort Caused By Peripheral Neuropathy From The People Who Know Best: Our Fellow Patients
Tips To Help Minimize The Pain And Discomfort Caused By Peripheral Neuropathy From The People Who Know Best: Our Fellow Patients-Part Two
If you’re having issues with PN, hopefully there will be a suggestion or two here that can help.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat