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Re: Pins and needles

Hi Minimad


Thanks for posting.


The pins and needles you describe sound like peripheral neuropathy, which is a side effect of the chemotherapy drugs you had. It usually improves when they stop the chemotherapy but like you, Jan’s became more evident in the weeks after finishing treatment.  For most people it slowly improves but this can vary from weeks to months or longer.  For some people it can be long term.  As you finished your treatment two weeks ago it’s probably too soon to know when you will see improvement. 


Avoiding injuries to your feet and extremes of heat or cold is important and you can read more about this on the link above. Gentle massage and stretching can also help some people.  As Jan also mentioned if it’s painful, pain relief for nerve pain can help.  If it continues to get worse or is painful then do contact your treatment team to discuss how best to manage this.


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Re: Pins and needles

Hi Mini-mad


Just a reassurance till a nurse is here to say that I had the same after 9 x Paclitaxels. The steroid had disguised most of it during treatment but it became evident in the weeks after finishing chemo. So I’m guessing it’s not unusual. I finished chemo over 4 months ago and still have the tingling sensation or numb sensation, it varies. Sometimes the nerve sensation runs from knees and elbows down, sometimes it’s just tips of toes and fingers. I find walking and activity help reduce it. I’m told it will ease with time and should go since it has never been severe. But, perhaps worse is the neuropathic pain that comes with it where the brush of a finger nail against my hand or lower leg can feel like a knife cut and my radiated breast muscle hurts like hell! My GP and I are experimenting with gabapentin and pregabalin to reduce this pain (with the wonderful additional benefit that both offset the hot flushes and sweats that come with anastrozole). Hope you find some reassurance - I’m just trusting it will ease off with time.


Jan x


Re: Pins and needles

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Pins and needles

Good morning,

i finished my 12 Paclitaxel weekly and Carboplatin every 3 weeks for 12 weeks just over 2 weeks ago.

when i had my follow up appt with dr i mentioned i had a little pins n needles in my feet and lower legs.   Since then this has got worse...  is this usual after chemo is finished ?  I am massaging my toes and feet and behind my lower legs,  plus doing some ankle stretching exercises.

is there anything else i can be doing ??

thanks.  Minimad xx 💖💖