Tips of dealing with neuropathy?
My husband was on FOLFOXRI for 3 months and is now on IV 5FU only for the last 1 month. He started to have numbness in his fingers and feet. I think the side effects are building up. Now he has numbness in his fingers up to the second knuckles and in his whole feet.
Do you have any good tips on relieving the symptoms? I will mention to the nurse when we go back for chemo next week and see if his oncologist can prescribe any medication for this.
Thank you everyone that have offered suggestions. This topic has been raised before. After doing my little search, I thought it may be useful to summarise what has been recommended here as well as in other previous posts.
Useful website information
Beating bowel cancer factsheet https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Peripheral-Neuropathy.pdf
MacMillan general information on peripheral neuropathy https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/side-effects-and-symptoms/other-side-effects/peripheral-neuropathy.html#46335
- Oncologists can prescribe medicines such as amitriptyline, gabapentin, pregabalin or duloxetine
- Complimentary therapies: reflexology, massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy
- Exercise that you can do at home (quote from the Beating Bowel Cancer factosheet):
My sister (who is an occupational therapist) gave me a little exercise to do at home, to try to improve the circulation in my feet, and get rid of some of that rogue platinum! You just use little balls, about the size and hardness of a squash ball. Put them on a smooth floor (lino, wood or laminate is good), and roll the balls between your feet and the floor for a while, using little circular motions. Try to include the toes, and make the general trend of your rolling away from the toes and towards the legs. This can also be helpful for hands, in which case, you can roll a ball with one hand, over the other hand. Concentrate especially on the fingers, and roll from the fingers towards the arms, using little circular motions. It made a big difference to me, and reduced the effects of the neuropathy no end.