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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar (gemcitabine) adding about 8 wks to the overall survival in these patients. The drug, protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, It has almost the same extent of neuropathy. ...Read more

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How long will I need to take vitamin B6 for peripheral neuropathy that was caused by chemotherapy?

How long will I need to take vitamin B6 for peripheral neuropathy that was caused by chemotherapy?

Get it from food: All people need vitamin b6 but most get it from food and so should you. It is present in many green vegetables. Eat well and you don't need to take it in pill form. ...Read more

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Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Hand swelling and pain: This is most likely side effect of Taxol (paclitaxel). Some side effects of taxol (paclitaxel) are neuropathy which is damaging of the nerve fibers joint pains and sometimes swelling of extremities. Most of this side effects get better after stopping the treatment but the neuropathy sometimes persists and requires lifelong medications. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss this problem. ...Read more

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Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Yes: Doxorubicin (adriamycin (doxorubicin)) can indeed cause nerve damage, but not always the typical 'peripheral neuropathy' seen with other chemotherapy drugs. It affects the myelin sheath of nerve and ganglia and can cause 'ganglionopathy'. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in both the arms/hands and legs/feet (not just the feet). Other drugs given alongside adriamycin (doxorubicin) can add to the risk. ...Read more

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What should I do to reduce the effects of neuropathy after chemo?

Difficult to treat: However, nerve pain medications like Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) can be beneficial. Some medications that can also be used as anti-depressants, such as Cymbalta or Effexor can be used as well. Topical pain creams containing ketamine can be helpful in treating chemo induced polyneuropathy as well. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Can happen: Autonomic neuropathies do occur with some chemotherapy treatments, but is less common than the sensory or sensorimotor neuropathies. The prognosis is dependent on the level of change, intensity of chemotherapy, and whether modifications of the chemotherapy were given as well as if treatment was initiated. See your oncologist and discuss the issue. ...Read more

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Oncologist told me to take sublingual b 12 for post chemo neuropathy. What dosage is recommended?

Oncologist told me to take sublingual b 12 for post chemo neuropathy. What dosage is recommended?

Ask your oncologist!: B12 does not help neuropathy due to chemotherapy. So unless your blood level of B12 is checked and found to be low, I would not advise you to take this medicine. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC treatment for chemo induced foot neuropathy?

Is there an OTC treatment for chemo induced foot neuropathy?

Maybe: Zostrix (capsaicin) 0.075% applied as a cream 3-4 times a day can help for neuropathic pain. It needs to be used for 10-14 days before becoming effective and initial applications can burn a bit. Pretreatment with a Lidocaine based gel beforehand can help prevent the zostrix (capsaicin) pain as well as help numb the painful area on its own. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

Some: There are some chemo that can give you peripheral neuropathy for instance taxane (docetaxel, paclitaxol), vinca alkaloids (vincristine), platinum (oxaliplatin, cisplatin, carboplatin) etc. ...Read more

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What can be done for neuropathy in my feet after I had chemotherapy?

Medications: There are medications that can help - Neurontin (gabapentin) and Elavil to name two possibilities. There is also a modality known at "anodyne therapy" that some physical therapists offer that can also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Will a taxane for chemo cause permanent peripheral neuropathy if hereditary pn in family? Any alternative to taxane?

Will a taxane for chemo cause permanent peripheral neuropathy if hereditary pn in family? Any alternative to taxane?

Depends: Taxanes may cause permanent neuropathy in any patient although uncommon. There is increased intolerance to taxanes and preexisting sensory neuropathy. Unless the individual is effected by hereditary neuropathy I am not aware of any data suggesting an increased risk just because the family is affected. Whether taxanes can be replaced depends on disease and for what purpose it is used. ...Read more

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Got neuropathy after chemo 5 yrs ago; gone in 3 mo. Bak 2 yrs ago & now. Neuro md said could return for lifetime. Worry or not? Neuro md or fp? Worse

Got neuropathy after chemo 5 yrs ago; gone in 3 mo. Bak 2 yrs ago & now. Neuro md said could return for lifetime. Worry or not? Neuro md or fp? Worse

Neuropathy: Fp could probably do just fine. They will probably try a medicine like neurontin, lyrica, (pregabalin) or cymbalta. There are others but these are the most common. If the pain is the same as before this is the route I would take. ...Read more

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The symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are expected to be?

The symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are expected to be?

Peripheral neuropath: Most commonly presented as numbness/decreased sensation and tingling on your fingers and toes (stocking-glove pattern). When it is worse it can then be presented as pain / discomfort on your hands and feet. (painful neuropathy). Sometimes, particular chemotherapy like oxaliplatin also can give you cold induced pain.
Chemo induced neuropathy - usually is accumulative. ...Read more

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Does gabapantin use have a goal? Is there a point where I'm cured of post chemo neuropathy? Can I take metanx with I t? Chemo 1999.Numb feet 3 years.

Does gabapantin use have a goal? Is there a point where I'm cured of post chemo neuropathy? Can I take metanx with I t? Chemo 1999.Numb feet 3 years.

Neuritic pain: Chemo damages nerves. They can die, recover fully, or partial recovery with dysesthesia. Gabapentin (neurontin) helps during recovery to reduce pain. Once recovery period is over medication rarely helps. You are well past recovery period. Gabapentin should not affect other meds. ...Read more

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What can a neurologist do to help with neuropathy caused by radiation and chemo? My oncologist tells me I should be fine by now. I'm not.

Pain management need: You need pain PMR management. We are trained to diagnose and localize your pain problems. EMG will tell, us if you have neuropathy from the chemo, and options include rx and Herbal meds, spinal, cord stimulation, or other measures specific to your needs. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for neuropathy and swollen hands that is caused by oxiplaten (a chemo drug)?

Difficult to treat: There are 2 forms acute and chronic. There are mixed benefits from use of calcium and magnesium infusion in the acute situation. The drug venlafaxine, an antidepressant has had some benefit in both situations. There are other drugs like Amitriptyline and Gabapentin has been helpful in some cases. It is hard to treat. It may very slowly improve if the drug is stopped. ...Read more

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Neuropathy (Definition)

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in ...Read more