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If you were offered something cheap and well tolerated that may prevent pain, would you take it? Of course you would. The problem with that hypothetical statement is that not many doctors offer such substances even when they exist. Yes, there are supplements which might help to prevent pain. Vitamins are just one example of a cheap, well tolerated substance that can help prevent pain. Another lesser known substance, Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC), is also one of those low hanging fruits just waiting to be utilized by the right people in the right circumstances.
But first, what is Acetyl-L-Carnitine? Without getting too scientific, ALC is a form of carnitine which is involved with energy production in the human body. Carnitine is made in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids, Lysine and Methionine. Of note, this process requires Vitamin C. And as already discussed, this vitamin is linked to nerve health or the lack thereof in the case of deficiency. Getting back to ALC, som...
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 ...
Alternative Names Neuropathy - alcoholic; Alcoholic polyneuropathy Symptoms Numbness in the arms and legs Abnormal sensations ; "pins and needles" Painful sensations in the arms and legs Muscle weakness Muscle cramps or muscle aches Heat intolerance , especially after exercise Impotence (in men) Problems urinating Incontinence (leaking urine) Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying Difficulty beginning to urinate Constipation Diarrhea Nausea, vomiting Additional symptoms that may occur with this disease: Swallowing difficulty Speech impairment Loss of muscle function or feeling Muscle contractions or spasm Muscle atrophy Movement disorders Note: Changes in muscle strength or sensation usually occur on both sides of the body and are more common in the legs than in the arms. Symptoms usually develop gradually and slowly become worse over time. Signs and tests Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms. An eye exam may show eye problems. Alcoholism often makes your bo...
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