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 ...
The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
Serious PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) can be debilitating and painful. Help may be on the way thanks to some recent findings by researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. PMDD is more severe than PMS and can really incapacitate a woman for several days out of the month. Physical symptoms can include palpitations, bloating, low energy. Emotional symptoms can include irritability, anxiety, depression, mood swings, sleepeing disturbances and difficulty focusing. UNC was given a $3 million grant for a 5-year study using YAZ, a low-dose (hormone) birth control pill.
Apparently it's the change in hormones and not the change in levels that triggers the depression aspect of PMDD in susceptible women. And these women seem to be especially sensitive to any hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, so this continuous birth control therapy - which eliminates hormonal cycling - seems to be an excellent therapy opti...
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