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13 09, 2015

Thalidomide: Worth the risk?

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Dr. Tricot and I didn't restrict our conversation to the "transplant again or not" debate. We also spent a good deal of time discussing how to handle my worrisome peripheral neuropathy (PN). As I shared last month: Peripheral neuropathy smacks me hard!   Thalidomide maintenance has sped up the progression of my PN exponentially. Fortunately,

31 08, 2015

Help with peripheral neuropathy A to Z

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As promised, here's a comprehensive list of drugs and supplements that readers use to help battle peripheral neuropathy (PN) symptoms: Acetyl L-carnitine - Important amino acid that might help. It has the added benefit of being credited with helping improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients–those of us with chemo brain can use all the help we

25 08, 2015

Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part Three)

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Common peripheral neuropathy (PN) remedies not working for you? Or maybe you'd like to try something new in addition to steps you've already taken to control symptoms. Here are additional suggestions made by fellow patients: Suzanne suggests, if the neuropathy get too annoying, ask your Doctor to put you on a small dose of nortriptline;

22 08, 2015

Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part One)

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Like many multiple myeloma patients, I have battled peripheral neuropathy symptoms since starting therapy in 2007. I have written dozens of posts over the years featuring tips on ways to help minimize the debilitating side effects. Several have helped me. Maybe one or more can help you, too. Patients that have been diagnosed within the

10 12, 2013

Blame it on the multiple myeloma!

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I'm fast approaching seven years post diagnosis.  All of these years on chemotherapy--and my stem cell transplant--have taken their toll on my body. As I sit here in the New Orleans airport, waiting for my already late flight back to Tampa, I can't help but reflect on some of the patients I know and how

13 11, 2013

Peripheral Neuropathy: Can you feel the BUZZZ?

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Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) can manifest itself in a variety of ways.  Tingling and numbness in feet and hands are common.  Sometimes pain can shoot up one’s leg with each step. And/or a patient’s hands and feet can be painful, even at rest.  But today I experienced a freaky, new symptom. This is my fourth consecutive

10 11, 2013

New study proves acupuncture helps control Velcade induced PN

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Suffering from uncomfortable or painful peripheral neuropathy (PN) caused by using Velcade (bortezomib)?  Very little research has been done on drug induced PN; it's mostly focused on diabetic neuropathy, which encompasses a much larger patient subset.  Good news!  Check out excerpts from a helpful article on Medscape's website on the subject: Acupuncture Reduces Neuropathy Associated

19 10, 2013

Multiple myeloma surivors are TOUGH!

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I just flew back from my second Light the Night walk/fundraising appearance away from home the last two weeks.  Last week the LLS sponsored event was a big one in Boston.  Last night's walk was a smaller, more family oriented gathering in Hampton, near Williamsburg, Virginia.  My energy level is good.  This week is the

1 09, 2013

Tips For Battling Peripheral Neuropathy

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Debating the pros and cons for using alpha lipoic acid last week reminded me that it was time to revisit ways to improve peripheral neuropathy symptoms.   Peripheral neuropathy (PN), is a common side effect of a number of chemotherapy drugs used to treat multiple myeloma.  Symptoms range from tingling or numbness of the toes, fingers,

30 08, 2013

Pros and cons of taking L-glutamine and alpha lipoic acid

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You can't see behind the scenes into my email in-box, but if you could you would find the same backlash defending alpha lipoic acid (ALA)  that you can read in several comments following yesterday's post.  L-glutamine is also used to help minimize peripheral neuropathy symptoms.  It appears on my list, too.  Both  of these powerful

25 06, 2013

Peripheral neuropathy? Dr. Berenson recommends alpha lipoic acid

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Don Baylor wasn't the only prominent guest on our Blog Talk Radio panel Thursday evening.  Myeloma specialist, Dr. James Berenson, joined-in and gave his two cents worth, too. I mentioned this weekend that Dr. Berenson assertively stated there is no solid evidence in medical literature supporting the claim that stress is bad for a cancer

22 06, 2013

One patient’s inspiration can be another’s frustration…

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Thursday evening's Blog Talk Radio broadcast took me on a wild, emotional roller coaster ride.  Not so much while we were on-air; you're too busy thinking about what to ask or answer next.  Preparing for the show, I thought I was going to be asking questions, along with co-hosts, myeloma survivor Matt Goldman, and CureTalk's