Cancerrelated peripheral neuropathy peripheral neuropathy is a condition caused by irritation or damage to certain nerves in your body. This damage may lead to pain or discomfort. Different health conditions, including cancer or cancer treatment, can cause this problem. The nerves in your body are long and wire like. They run throughout the body and carry information from one area of your body to another.
Peripheral neuropathy involves the nerves located outside of your brain and spinal cord, called peripheral nerves. In most cases, the nerves affected are the ones that are far away from your brain, such as your fingers, hands, toes or feet. In some people, peripheral neuropathy can also affect their arms, legs or other parts of their body.
There are different types of peripheral nerves; sensory, motor and autonomic. Sensory nerves help you feel pain, touch, temperature, position and vibration. Sensory nerves are the most common nerves affected by peripheral neuropathy. Motor and autonomic nerves are affected less often by this condition. Motor nerves help you move and maintain muscle tone. Autonomic nerves help control the function of some of your bodys organs, such as your.
Bladder or bowel. If you have peripheral neuropathy your symptoms may be acute (which means they start and stop within a short period of time) or your symptoms may be chronic (which means they last a long time and may not go away). Some people who develop cancerrelated peripheral neuropathy find these symptoms slowly develop while they get chemotherapy or other anticancer treatments.
Other people may not have problems with neuropathy until after their cancer therapy has ended. If you have cancer, you may develop peripheral neuropathy as a result of the treatments used for your cancer or from the cancer itself. Cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or other anticancer medicine, is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Your health care team will talk with you about possible side effects from the medicine ordered.
For your care. Radiation therapy may also cause this condition due to nerve injury or scarring. It may take years for symptoms to appear after radiation treatment has ended. In some cases, surgery on a lung, breast or an amputation may also cause nerve damage which could lead to peripheral neuropathy. At times, it is not the cancer treatment but the cancer itself that may cause this type.
Of neuropathy. For example, a tumor may press on a nerve and cause the nerve to become damaged. Certain types of cancer can also release substances in your body that may cause your nerves to become irritated. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be different for each person. Symptoms will depend on the type and number of nerves involved.
The most common symptoms may include: pain in your arms, legs, fingers or toes that may come and go, or stay all the time. Some people describe this pain as a cold, prickly, pinching or burning feeling. Others say it feels like a stabbing pain. Other symptoms may include numbness, loss of feeling or tingling, heaviness or weakness. Peripheral neuropathy can make it hard to use your fingers for activities such as buttoning.
Pins and Needles Pins and needles in hands feet face and all over the ody
Pin and needles hand, feet, or both is an extremely common and bothersome symptom. Such tingling can sometimes be benign and temporary. For example, it could result from pressure on nerves when your arm is crooked under your head as you fall asleep. Or it could be from pressure on nerves when you cross your legs too long. In either case, the pins and needles effect which is usually painless is soon relieved.
By removing the pressure that caused it. In some cases, pins and needles are caused by nerve damage or certain disorders of the central nervous system. Always see your if you experience frequent or persistent bouts of pins and needles. Causes of pins and needles. 1.
Pressure. Wearing tight shoes or sitting on your foot can give you a numb foot or leg or cause pins and needles. This kind of numbness has an obvious cause, gets better when the pressure is removed and doesn’t cause any further problems. 2.
Trapped nerve. Numbness or pins and needles can also be due to a trapped nerve. A slipped disc or back problem can put pressure on a nerve that travels from your back, down your leg and into your toes. A trapped nerve in the neck can also cause numbness or pins and needles anywhere from your neck, down your arms and into your fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a trapped nerve at the wrist, giving you pins and needles and pain in the hand and loss of grip. 3. Diabetes. Diabetes can damage small blood vessels that supply nerves in fingers and toes. This can cause pins and needles, pain or numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy).
Being unable to feel anything in your hands and feet can be dangerous, as you may stumble, drop things or not realise when you are touching something hot. 4. Injury. Damage to nerve endings in fingers or toes can be the result of an injury. People who use vibrating tools a lot may also develop nerve damage and may experience pins.
And needles. 5. Medicines. Some medicines can cause nerve damage. It is usually reversible when the medicine is stopped. The medicines include some chemotherapy medicines used to treat breast cancer and lymphoma,.
Antiretrovirals used to treat hiv/aids, and the antibiotic metronidazole. 6. Diseases that damage nerves. Many conditions can damage the nervous system and cause areas of numbness or pins and needles. These include stroke, multiple sclerosis and brain tumours. These conditions are serious but relatively rare and will all cause other symptoms in.