I have been getting pains in one foot on the top for a couple.of weeks which was on and off..I have it now in both feet. Not actually too painful to the touch Buy his driving me nuts.p
Also the last two nights terrible cramp..and I mean bad having to try and walk.it off . It a is all one.leg calf and front muscle top and calf the other leg.. I have had terrible sleep both nights... not sure what roo do.
Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the Online Community. My name is Deborah and I’m one of the nurses on the Macmillan Support Line. I see you’re a member of our secondary breast cancer and breast cancer groups. I hope you’ve found these to be a good source of information and support.
I’m sorry to hear about your ongoing issues with pain and leg cramps. It must be so unpleasant for you, not to mention exhausting if you’ve been kept awake by them.
If you haven’t already done so, I would recommend you call your GP to make them aware of the severity of the pain and the cramps. There can be lots of reasons why people experience these symptoms, such as adverse reactions to some medications, possible blood clots or dehydration, so it’s really important that we get you properly assessed as soon as possible to make sure we get you the right treatment.
I see from your profile that you were originally diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago which unfortunately recurred twice. I’m thankful to hear your condition remains stable.
I understand you’ve had a mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, although it’s not clear how recently you were treated. Chemotherapy can cause a symptom known as peripheral neuropathy, which is when nerves become damaged during treatment and can result in neuropathic (nerve) pain, particularly in your arms, legs, fingers and toes. I wonder whether this might be a possible cause of the pain you’ve been having? Your GP will need to assess for possible nerve damage. Although this can be an ongoing issue for some people, there are some ways in which it can be managed.
Some types of drugs can alter nerve impulses and help relieve nerve pain. Gabapentin (Neurontin®) and pregabalin (Lyrica®) are drugs that work in this way. They are also anticonvulsants (drugs used to treat epilepsy). Other anticonvulsants and antidepressants are also used to treat nerve pain. If your doctor suggests an antidepressant drug, such as amitriptyline, this is because of the way it acts on nerves, not because they think that the pain is just in your mind. Strong painkillers such as tramadol may sometimes help too.
Other treatments, such as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), acupuncture or physiotherapy can also be effective in some cases.
I hope this information has been helpful. If you’d like to chat to one of our nurses, you can give us a call on 0808 808 0000. We’re open every day, 8am-8pm.
I hope the pain and leg cramps improve soon and you manage to get a good night’s sleep.
Take care and stay safe.
Deborah, Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist
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