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

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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I get into bed at night, the skin on my lower legs feels sensitive for a few mins. I have foot / leg neuropathy (6 yrs) re chemo & am sick right now. ?

Discuss with doctor.: Many cases of the perepheral are ideopathic, meaning no identifiable cause, but chemotheraphy and diabetes are common reasons.You have not mentioned whether you are receiving chemo now and what kind of illness you have now. Post chemotheapy neuropathy can be managed by multiple nerve pain pill including antipressant medications like Duloxetine and anti seizure drugs like gabaoentin. ...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 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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I have Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy causing sensory loss in feet. Is the electrical stimulation treatment effective in treating condition?

I have Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy causing sensory loss in feet.  Is the electrical stimulation treatment effective in treating condition?

Peripheral neuropath: The treatment of peripheral neuropathy relies heavily on the cause of the nerve damage. The pain of the neuropathy usually controlled with medications. Treatment with the electrical stimulation fields has been investigated and analgesic benefits have been reported, but not consistent. ...Read more

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Have had tingling etc in both feet for years have had MRI scan etc 8years ago was informed it could be a neuropathy no treatment given still have symp?

Have had tingling etc in both feet for years have had MRI scan etc 8years ago was informed it could be a neuropathy no treatment given still have symp?

Follow up plan: Sometimes the testing needs to be repeated after a long wait. If the symptoms were very mild all these years it is possible your cause was too small to be determined. Normally neuropathy is not difficult to diagnose. It sounds like there was no clear answer 8 years ago and that the tests were normal. Feel free to ask another question if this does not help. ...Read more

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Best treatment option for foot? A bit of small fibre neuropathy and a pinched nerve in back. My foot is sore when stand. Start endep very drowsy

Best treatment option for foot? A bit of small fibre neuropathy and a pinched nerve in back. My foot is sore when stand. Start endep very drowsy

Foot pain: what needs to be assessed first - is this the neuropathy or it it the back or is it from the foot. Once established each treatment is different. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy spread? I have sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet.It has not responded to standard treatment of several meds.I think its speading into my hands.My hands are numb and painful

Can neuropathy spread? I have sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet.It has not responded to standard treatment of several meds.I think its speading into my hands.My hands are numb and painful

More neuropathy: There are many types of neuropathies. One type is sometimes called a small fiber neuropathy and tends to occur in the feet first but over time it can start to involve the fingers and hands. Generally there are no cures for neuropathies but there are number of therapies that can generally reduce symptoms by as much as 50% . You may want to talk to your doctor to determine if you're on the optimal dose of the current medication ...Read more

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Had post shingles heel pain 20 years ago. Now it is back. Podiatrist said neuropathy.Age 66. Do I need a second opinion? Treatment opions

 Had post shingles heel pain 20 years ago. Now it is back. Podiatrist said neuropathy.Age 66. Do I need a second opinion? Treatment opions

Yes: Definitely get the second opinion. It is extremely unlikely that you are experiencing any pain from shingles 20 years ago. Make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for peripheral neuropathy in feet?

What are the best treatments for peripheral neuropathy in feet?

Many treatments: Unfortunately there are many treatments and best depends on what stage of neuropathy exists.See a doctor to help determine what is best for you. ...Read more

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Help! what are treatments for edema, neuropathy and pain in feet?

Help! what are treatments for edema, neuropathy and pain in feet?

Many possibilities: Edema, neuropathy, and pain can be due to many different reasons. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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I have sudden onset neuropathy of the feet and nerve pain throughout by body due to exposure to cleaning products .How effective is cymballta in the teatment of nerve pain havevtried lyrica (pregabalin) gabapenten?

I have sudden onset neuropathy of the feet and nerve pain throughout by body due to exposure to cleaning products .How effective is cymballta in the teatment of nerve pain havevtried lyrica (pregabalin) gabapenten?

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Cymbalta is a good option for neuropathy because it works on the peripheral nerves by a different pathway than Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (gabapentin). Cymbalta should be started at a low dose at bedtime and gradually increased over several weeks to avoid the side effects and to determine the effectiveness on the treatment of the neuropathy. ...Read more

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My mother has neuropathy in both feet and pain that shoots up her legs at night, very painful, has tried accupunture physical therapy and nothing help?

My mother has neuropathy in both feet and pain that shoots up her legs at night, very painful, has tried accupunture physical therapy and nothing help?

B vitamins: Neuropathy can be very painful but b vitamins can be beneficial in alleviating the pain. You may want to see a neurologist to get further help as far as determining the cause; if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo?  Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

Unclear: Unfortunately there is no clear way to prevent chemo-associated neuropathy. Some medications such as steroids, gabapentin/pregabalin, or antidepressants may be helpful. Vitamin supplementation with b-complex or folate (folic acid) may also be helpful. Your oncologist may have recommendations specific to your type of chemotherapy, and all supplements should be discussed before taking to avoid interactions. ...Read more

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Neuropathy (Definition)

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