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Q: Peripheral Neuropathy ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Peripheral Neuropathy
Category: Health
Asked by: john6639-ga
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Posted: 26 Jun 2003 15:32 PDT
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Question ID: 222170
Having succumbed to this via chemotherapy 2 years ago what is the prognosis?
Subject: Re: Peripheral Neuropathy
Answered By: arimathea-ga on 26 Jun 2003 15:51 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the opportunity to answer this question!

Hem/Onc Today ( states:

When peripheral neuropathy is caused by chemotherapy, it may take up
to two years for a complete recovery, Armstrong said, adding patients
should understand neuropathic pain will be replaced by numbness and
then pain may recur during recovery.

Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, narcotics and local anesthetics can
provide some relief from neuropathic pain.

Armstrong offered some guidelines to help patients with peripheral
neuropathy avoid additional injury. Water heater setting should be
lowered, and patients should always use pot holders when cooking or
gloves when gardening.  Throw rugs should be removed to reduce the
risk of stumbling.

HealthCentral reports:

Expectations (prognosis): 
If the cause of the peripheral neuropathy can be identified and
successfully treated and if damage is limited to the axon or myelin
sheath (leaving the cell body intact), there is a possibility of full
recovery from peripheral neuropathy.
In some cases, there may be partial or complete loss of movement,
function, or sensation resulting in disability. Nerve pain may be
quite uncomfortable and may persist for a prolonged period of time. In
some instances, the neuropathy may cause severe, life-threatening

So, I suppose it depends on how deep the damage is and what agents
were used in chemotherapy.

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