Myeloma

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Peripheral neuropathy

Samantha Jane
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My husband has had severe painful neuropathy as a side effect of taking velcade which has now been stopped. He no longer has the pain but still has the numbness, tingling and difficulty walking.

I wondered what other peoples experiences are like of this condition, specifically how long it lasted for ?

latchbrook
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Hi 

I'm not a member of this group so don't have the experience you're looking for but noticed that your post had gone unanswered. It may be that no one in this group has had this experience or just that they haven't seen your post yet. By replying to you it will bump your post back to the top of the page where it will be more easily seen.

I know it's not the same as hearing about someone's first hand experience but you could post your question about peripheral neuropathy in ask a nurse and one of the specialist cancer nurses will aim to respond within 2 working days. 

When you feel up to it, it would be really useful if could pop something about your husband's journey so far into your profile as it helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

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greg777
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Hi Samantha Jane,

I’m sorry you’ve not had a reply yet. I know PN is quite common after myeloma treatment, but this group is quite quiet at the moment so it may take a while for someone to come along with some tips. Personally, I have been very lucky not to experience it, but I know from others that it can be very difficult to deal with, so I definitely feel for you and your husband. One thing I remember people saying quite consistently is to try to remain as active as possible as I think that can help. I also understand that once off the treatment, things should improve, although I’m also aware of people having problems for quite a long time, I really hope that is not the case for you. 

Here’s hoping you find some good answers soon.

All the best

Greg

Samantha Jane
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Dear Greg,

I did have a reply from Jonty and Scott has asked the same question to the myeloma UK , facebook group.

He stopped having velcade over three months ago so we were hoping to see some improvement by now. I think the severity of the neuropathy may mean it takes longer to recover.

Generally he is feeling a lot stronger as he does a lot of exercise. We hired an exercise bike which we subsequently purchased. I then read that these are sometimes available for use during the SCT.

Cycling is easier than walking at the moment,

Best wishes,

Samantha

greg777
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Hi Samantha,

That’s great, I’m glad you’ve managed to get some information. Re: exercise bikes, yes, depending on the centre, they can be available during SCT. I had one in my room for the allo, although not for the auto. It’s a good way to try and keep the fitness up if walking is proving hard. How is your husband doing? Is the plan to have the SCT soon?

Greg