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Heavy, aching legs


Re: Heavy, aching legs

Hello Satire

Thanks for posting.

For most people chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy  improves over time after chemotherapy has finished but for others it can linger.

Peripheral neuropathy can be quite difficult to treat but there are medications that some people find helpful These are discussed in the link above. It might be helpful to talk this through again with your oncologist or breast care nurse.

Connecting with others and sharing experiences might also be helpful. You can do this through another section of the forum and Someone LIke Me service.

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Heavy, aching legs


I am about 15 weeks post chemo, was on FEC-T. I had some quite brutal side effects from the docetaxel and the obvious one is the peripheral neuropathy in my feet which is the long lasting one. My lower legs and ankles ache and feel heavy especially at the end of the day when I've been on them more. The strength in my legs and especially my knees have been affected badly to the point that when I stand from sitting I struggle somewhat. I spoke to my oncologist and she said it could take up to 18 months to recover. I do know peripheral neuropathy can be a long term effect from chemo. I asked her if there was any supplements or medications that she could prescribe to help alleviate symptoms but she said not. Do you have any advice or is there something that I can take, is it worth asking my Dr again. Oh I have just been put on 6 treatments of capecitabine.

Thank you. X