My mom found out she had breast cancer in 2001. She had a masectomy and chemo treatment (they removed her lymph nodes too). She is currently taking Tamoxifin.
I was wondering if anyone else has had the side effect of cold/numbness tingling in their hands and feet? It seems to be a neverending feeling that she has to endure all day and night. If you have, what have you tried to subside/banish this unconfortable feeling?
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.
Dear mom's helper: There are some chemotherapy treatments that can cause numbness/tingling in hands and feet. Paclitaxel (Taxol) is one of the drugs that can do this, although it is usually temporary. As it has been several years, you may wish to review this with your mother's oncologist to determine what the contributing factors might be as well as strategies for dealing with this. There is a section on this problem on www.chemocare.com. Click on managing side effects and then on numbness/tingling.
You might find out if a thyroid screen has been done on your mother. I had similar complaints for years and found that although they had done numerous tests, the inexpensive thyroid test had never been done. As it turned out, yes I had a thyroid problem and have been on medication for almost 2 months and I think I'm slowly starting to lose the cold and tingly feeling in my hands and feet. Good luck, Susan
Thank you CCF-RN,MSN-RF - I looked over the site you suggested. It pretty much confirmed what my mom's doctors have told her. She has seen an oncologist and they said that there really wasn't anything out of the ordinary - it is just a symptom that she is going to have to live with. That doesn't sit well with me - I was hoping someone may have had similar symptoms and had found someway of diminishing the sensation.
She has gone to massages - albeit relaxing, no change in the tingling/numbness. She has been taking B Complex ever since her doctor suggested, still no change.
Has anyone tried acupuncture? Or any other type of therapy?
Dear Mom's Helper,
My dad is in remission from larynx cancer and he had 4 rounds of Chemo. He also has cold, numbness in his feet and hands from the chemo. He has tried energy healing (chinese healing), B complex vitamin. SOmeone suggested to him to go to the hyberatic chamber (Oxygen pressure chamber). He has not yet tried this but I know this side effect has really bothered him. The doctor also checked his oxygen level in his blood to see if that was part of the problem. In my dad's case, it isn't but it is something to think about for your mom. Acupuncture and massage therapy was also something I heard helps. If you hear about any other treatment, please post. Good luck.
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