What is chemotherapy-induced neuropathy?
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UNDERSTANDING chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy is a common side effect of certain cancer treatments that can cause damage to the peripheral nerves, resulting in a range of neurological symptoms. It is primarily characterized by pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands and feet. Chemotherapy drugs can affect the nerves responsible for transmitting signals between the central nervous system and the rest of the body, leading to nerve damage and dysfunction.
SYMPTOMS of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
If you are experiencing chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:
- Peripheral pain, including burning, shooting, or stabbing sensations
- Numbness or loss of sensation in the hands, feet, or other affected areas
- Tingling or “pins and needles” sensations
- Muscle weakness or difficulty with fine motor skills
- Impaired coordination or balance
- Sensitivity to touch, temperature, or pressure
- Changes in reflexes
ACUPUNCTURE FOR chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
Acupuncture can be a beneficial adjunct therapy for managing chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and improving nerve function. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce pain, enhance nerve regeneration, and support overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy include: