Guest gwamakawen Posted November 30, 2003 Share Posted November 30, 2003 Hi, My 71 yr old father was diagnosed in March '03 with Stage IV NSCLC. He has asthma and emphysema so was not a candidate for surgery. He had 6 chemo treatments and 5 day/week radiation tx together for 6 weeks. When that was completed, his scans said that the cancer areas "seemed" to be smaller and not active. His Dr. ordered 4 more chemo tx, just to make sure. He finished that the last week of Oct. Dad has begun experiencing neuropathy in his legs and feet. It started with the last round of chemo. I'm not very impressed with his oncologist, from the beginning he has not been concerned about anything other than doing the chemo...never asks him about his pain levels, never has asked him about his home-care or discussed nutrition, etc. Dad lives alone, I'm currently in another state, and have made three trips to visit and help Dad. We finally got Dad back to regular visits with his Pulmonologist, who has taken more interest in Dad's welfare than the oncologist. I'm sorry, this story goes on and on, but my primary concern at this time is the neuropathy and the general weakness and malaise that Dad is feeling. He has one good day, without much pain or dyspnea, which is followed by 2-3 days of shooting pains up his legs, and feeling weak and dizzy when he stands up. From what I've read, I understand the neuropathy can last for quite some time, maybe forever. What I'd like to know is if others have had this problem as well, and if anyone has tried anything that will help with the tingling and numbness in his feet, particularly the pain that comes with it. He has been given Valium, Hydrocodone, Neurontin - none of which work very effectively without making him very groggy. He doesn't like that feeling, he has always been very active, and is - I think - becoming depressed because he wants to get back his regular lifestyle. Can anyone shed some light on this neuropathy? Thanks for listening! gwamakawen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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