See the accompanying comic!
The other day while showing my mother pictures from my recent trip to Egypt and Jordan, she said to me, "You know, you never took all these crazy kind of trips before you had RA."
She has a point. Although I did plenty of traveling before my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis in 2007, most of it was to cities where the only thing I had to tame were public transportation systems and a few museums. Since my diagnosis, the trips I have planned for myself have taken a much more adventurous turn and found me standing on top of mountains, going deep inside jungles and traversing deserts. This change in course is partly due to the fact that I travel with a somewhat intrepid group of friends who want to see as much of the world as I do, but it is also very much a response to finding out at the age of 29 that I had a disease I would likely live with for the rest of my life. At first, the introduction of RA into my life felt like a death sentence to m...
This is supposed to be the " Decade of Pain Control and Research ." There's even a law that says so, but patients in pain would never know it. There are times when it seems that the "war on drugs" has turned into a war on patients in pain and the doctors who would like to prescribe for them. In 2004, the DEA issued a document, Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals, and Law Enforcement Personnel . But as soon as attorneys for Dr. William Hurwitz, a doctor who was being persecuted -- errr, ummmmm prosecuted -- over his prescribing of pain medications, notified the prosecuting attorney that this document would be used in his defense, the DEA suddenly withdrew the document. Karen Lee Richards, an expert on our ChronicPainConnection site has written a thought provoking piece I hope you'll read, Pain Patients Should Not be the Victims in the War on Drugs .
When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.