Mar 15, 2019 01:15PM HikingLady wrote:
I have post-chemo neuropathy in my hands, and some in my feet. I found out from my MO's office that the usual absorption and uptake of a lot of nutritional elements is destroyed or impeded by chemotherapy (taxanes are known culprits)--quite a few amino acids, for instance, which help our neurological 'messaging' system. This deficit causes chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN. This is sometimes helped by adding back, at a high level, those particular elements. In my case, the list of things to take to MAYBE help with my peripheral neuropathy includes Vitamin D, a B Complex, L-glutamine, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
So, I'm choosing to consider this a restoration, not a 'supplement,' since I'm trying to get things back into my body that usually are absorbed, but are now depleted. Poison broke my system, so I have to try to mitigate the collateral damage!
I realize that this is an AI discussion thread, but in my case, managing my post-chemo body is part of my story.
The AI is causing me almost no discomfort. I already slept kind of badly, and it's no worse. I already had achy joints, and they're a bit stiffer. I have gained five pounds, but also was kind of celebratory about food after chemo ended, so that might be something to blame on gluttony, not on the AI. No mood problems except general fury about having to deal with cancer and the treatments, lol, and my mental health is really stable. I exercise about one hour daily, and it helps with physical and mental health. Stronger muscles = happier joints. Happier joints = happier human.