Of all causes of peripheral neuropathy, perhaps the most unfortunate is chemotherapy. While researchers and doctors continue to explore the best possible treatments for cancer, some of the most effective treatments available today often come with harsh side effects. Such is the case with chemotherapy, a strategy that is successful at killing cancer cells, but also has a major impact on the nerves in the body. When communication between the spinal cord and muscles and skin via nerves begins to shut down, you are left with peripheral neuropathy.
Not everyone who goes through chemotherapy will develop peripheral neuropathy. The results vary based on the type of chemotherapy drugs used and the dosage. Some types of chemotherapy will have a direct impact on the small sensory nerves in the feet and hands, which can cause sensations of numbness and tingling.
In some cases, chemotherapy can also have an adverse impact on nerves that control movement and internal functions. This can lead to dizziness in patients when either standing or sitting down. Other symptoms include changes in blood pressure, irregular heartbeats.
The best thing to do if you experience these symptoms during chemotherapy is to discuss them with your doctor. He or she may want to take another look at your medical history and previous treatments and decide if chemotherapy is the right strategy for you.
You can also learn more about treating peripheral neuropathy through treatments offered at clinics such as Arrowhead Health Centers. We offer rehabilitation and pain management therapies specifically designed to address the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Because we understand that there are many causes of PN, we approach each patient as an individual, taking into consideration all circumstances and previous treatments.
When it comes to helping patients who are experiencing peripheral neuropathy as a side effect to chemotherapy, we will be sure to be sensitive to the situation. Our team of specialists, including physicians and rehab specialists, will work together to come up with the best possible treatment plan. Some of the treatments we use include the following:
· Electronic Stimulations
· Balance Training
· Stationary Bike Exercises
If it makes a difference, we will be sure to consult with other doctors you are working with to make sure everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goal.
Call Arrowhead Health Centers today at 623-334-4000, option 9 to learn more about the peripheral neuropathy treatments we offer.