Hi I started EC on Tuesday, had some pain in my picc hand on Friday but today it is really sore like thorns in my fingertips. Is this from EC as only one week on or is it because I fell asleep when my hand above my head Thursday night?
Any tips for reducing the pain? With a toddler, it makes the day and tasks tricky

Mine came and went on EC. EC isn’t one for massive long term neuropathy, according to my Onc. Docetaxel and Paclitaxel are the ones that tend to cause permanent damage to nerves.

EC does start to harm your nail beds though so maybe that’s what you’re feeling. I’ve found Polybalm to be amazing on nails and has helped keep them strong and reduce pain as EC mainly hurt the skin around my nails. Maybe worth a try as I’m going into 6th and last chemo with all nails in tact currently!

Good luck! X

Also, how new is your PICC. Only just registered you’ve said your PICC hand. If it continues, I’d call it in. X

I would ring your advice line with it being in your PICC arm to rule out a clot x

Hello bridget1

Thanks for posting.

These thorn like feelings in your fingertips sounds painful and as you say it’s difficult to do day to day tasks. Sleeping in certain positions can cause pins and needle type sensations but these usually pass soon after changing position. EC chemo does not typically cause peripheral neuropathy.

As @swk1981 and @dumbledore suggest do contact your chemo team. PICC lines can become infected, displaced or a clot can form so it’s important these are ruled out.

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