Neuropathy – what’s old is new

By | February 3, 2015

I seem to be going through these cycles. The first time, I called it chemo recall. It is when my body gives me the same symptoms I had during chemo, except that I have not had chemo since October 30!

Neuropathy is one of those recall symptoms. Today (started yesterday or the day before) it is in my hands. My finger tips to be more precise. The best way to explain it is that it feels like I have hangnails on all my nails, except that I don’t. My nails are just fine (well mostly). My finger tips are also very sensitive to hot water, making dish washing especially challenging. They hurt when I type. Thankfully, I’m pretty good at writing by dictation as well as typing with the flats of my fingers. I’m also clumsy and I drop things.

At this point, I’m hoping that this new neuropathy pain is a sign of healing rather than a sign of continuing damage. It is the same feeling that occurred when the nerves were dying (or similar enough) so perhaps that is the feeling you get when the nerves start growing back again (ugh)? That’s what I’m hoping. I’m hoping that what I’m experiencing is regrowth of nerves. Only time will tell.

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