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How to Manage Neuropathy

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How can cancer patients and survivors manage the side effects of neuropathy? Learn about useful tips to mitigate pain and numbness, as well as safety tips to avoid injury.

For more information on neuropathy, visit: http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2013/08/chemotherapy-related-neuropathy-managing-this-nerve-wracking-problem/

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  • Radiation to my right lung very close to the oesophagus and trachea. At the end of the treatment I had scar tissue and a severe explosive cough that wouldn't stop. I was prescribed Gabapentin 1800mg per day. Neuropathy started about a year after the end of my chemio. Gabapentin, which was supposed to help with that, didn't. My neuropathy was atypical in that it occurred two or three times a week in the feet starting with the toes, and was extremely painful, a burning sensation, hot coals. It would last 24 hours. I would use Mineral Ice as a massage at bedtime and socks with a frozen gel insert (Hammacher Schlemmer). Gabapentin increased to 2400mg eased the pain and the frequency but made me very drowsy and unable to wakeup. I reduced to 2100mg and this dose seems to work for me, less drowsiness and less pain. So all gain!
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