Monday, October 12, 2015

Burkitt’s Lymphoma Recovery Tip #8 Neuropathy

Neuropathy – I think we’ve established that I am not a doctor; I am not a particularly good patient and I’m surely not a doctor. This neuropathy stuff is Bravo Sierra. For those of you who haven’t been in the Army-- Bravo Sierra means BS – get it? BS?
Okay. If you’ve gone through the wicked nasty chemo, chances are you’re probably good pals with that ripping, tearing, excruciating pain radiating across the top of your feet. You’ll be walking in some store with your loving whomever, and out of nowhere it feels like a hammer has rapped the top of your foot.
Well, like I said, I ain’t no doctor.
Obviously, you need to go see your oncologist and get some professional help. Even so, there are some things you can do.
Avoid stores with concrete floors. Those are killers! They seem to be catalysts for the pain.
Get some marbles. You know marbles. Like kids use.
Spread the marbles on the floor in front of your favorite chair and ever so gently role them under your feet. You might also go outside and get the welcome mat from the front door the rubber one with the little things that stick up, or one of those tan coarse fibrous ones, bring it in the house and scrunch it with your toes.
Lastly let somebody gently massage your feet. I hate having my feet touched so it was quite a challenge. As I understand it these exercise help you take charge of the sensations of your feet (at least a little) and as you get further and further away from the chemo the neuropathy episodes will get further and further apart.

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