Neuropathy - what to “expect”

Hi all :slight_smile: I am 5 days post first cycle of Paclitaxel and I’ve noticed this morning a slight discomfort/pain on the soles of my feet which seems to worsen when walking. This only came on when I got home from walking the school run this morning. Kinda feels like I’ve been wearing heels all night. Is this something? I’m not quite sure what to expect. My team obviously gave me info on what side effects to look out for but I’m unsure if it’s just numbness and pins and needles or if this discomfort could be a sign. Thanks for any help and advice you can give me :heart:

Hi kingsbreasts

Thank you for posting about the symptoms you’ve noticed since starting paclitaxel chemotherapy.

Peripheral neuropathy happens when the peripheral nerves (nerves close to the surface of the skin) are damaged. This is a commons side effect of some chemotherapy drugs, including paclitaxel.

Main symptoms include a change in sensation such as pain, burning, numbness, pins and needles or tingling in the fingers or toes. It can sometimes also cause difficulties with walking, balance and coordination, which can increase the risk of falling. It sounds as though the discomfort you have been feeling in your feet could be due to this.

For some people, symptoms are mild and go away soon after treatment stops. For most, symptoms will gradually improve over the weeks and months after the treatment has finished, although for others it may be persistent.

It’s important to let your treatment team or chemotherapy nurse know about the symptoms you have. They can assess your symptoms and let advise on ways to manage them.

You may find our FaceBook Live session about peripheral neuropathy helpful to watch.

You may also find it helpful to join the chemotherapy monthly threads. These are threads on the forum where people starting chemotherapy at the same time can share their experiences.

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