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chemo side effects - could this be nerve damage?

24 May 2023 15:59

My husband has had 4 sessions of chemo and immunotherapy combined for small cell lung cancer. He has hardening of the arteries in his legs (we told the doctors)

He is now suffering unbearable pain in the muscles of his legs and in his toes. He has been prescribed morphine but it does not help much.. Nobody has been very clear as to wether this is nerve damage. \Has anybody else had this?

chemo side effects - could this be nerve damage?

26 May 2023 09:41 in response to Navyman

Hello Navyman,

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's pain and the challenges he is facing. 

If possible, it might be a good idea to contact his medical team to seek further clarification about the cause of the pain and to explore additional treatment options or adjustments to the current pain management plan. His team can provide tailored advice based on his individual situation.

Hearing from others who have experienced similar challenges can provide insights and support so I hope some of our members who can relate will come along shortly to chat with you.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that on our website we have some information about the side effects of chemotherapy that might be useful to read if you have a minute. I hope this helps.

Best wishes to you both,

Renata, Cancer Chat Moderator


chemo side effects - could this be nerve damage?

26 May 2023 11:51 in response to Navyman

Hi there

i had an unbearable burning pain in the bottoms of my feet for a very long time following chemotherapy & immunotherapy treatment.. it was like walking on fire and often left me in floods of tears (and I'm a rather unphazed male)

I was told it was more than likely to be neuropathy and there was almost nothing really that could be done to treat it, was just advised to try over-the-counter topical painkiller and whatever I can to ease the pain.

it's a very unfortunate after effect which thankfully is much better now after some time.. I hope your husband heals soon