Side effects related to the central and peripheral nervous system including the brain, spinal cord and nerves connected to the spinal cord.
hearing loss; headaches; tinnitus; vision loss; blurred; double vision; slurred speech; difficulty expressing oneself, or understanding speech; cognitive or thought-process changes; decreased memory; decreased problem solving capability; changes in taste and smell; pain while swallowing or being unable to swallow; having the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest or behind your breastbone; drooling; hoarseness; bringing food back up; having frequent heartburn; difficulty chewing; dry mouth; poor balance; dizziness; nausea; vertigo; poor coordination; impaired movement; problems with posture, walking, holding objects, weakness on one side of the body; drowsiness; paralysis seizures; constipation; incontinence; nerve pain; peripheral neuropathy; erectile dysfunction; metallic or chemical taste in the mouth; loss of limb function; loss of sensation; increased sensitivity; pins and needles; cataracts; numbness; shooting or pricking pain; unbearable itching.
The following health professionals can help with Nervous side effects. Follow the links below to learn more.
Acupuncture Therapists are people skilled in the practice of acupuncture, which is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques.
Research suggests acupuncture has a degree of effectiveness in managing the symptoms of chemotherapy-related peripheral neuropathy.
Cancer Exercise Therapist main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about exercise.
Research has shown that exercise can slow and sometimes even stop the progression of peripheral neuropathy by improving blood circulation and strengthening the painful areas on the body.
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals, who specialise in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
Physical activity both aerobic and resistance training improve balance.
Naturopaths provide a complimentary medicine, by employing a wide array of “”natural”” treatments, including herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counselling.
Vitamin status, in particular vitamin B12, can play a role in the development of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in certain patients.
Nutritionists main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.
Two vitamins that may show promise in treating chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and vitamin B6. Research has shown these two vitamins play an important role in neurologic processes in the body.
Oncology Massage Therapists are nationally and internationally recognised.
Bone Marrow Transplant patients experienced comfort post manual and therapeutic touch therapy with potential psychological and neurological complications reduced. Production of Erythropoietin in the kidneys is a response to the parasympathetic nervous system being stimulated. This leads to an increase in the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Physiotherapists are health care professionals concerned with human function, movement and maximising potential. A physiotherapist aims to improve physical activity, confidence, well-being and quality of life by improving physical and functional independence, refining movement, offering support and restoring a measure of control. They are comprehensively skilled to analyse, promote, maintain and restore the needs of the whole person.
Specific therapeutic exercises may be prescribed to address pain as well as impairments in range of motion, muscular strength, and balance.
Pilates Instructors teach and coach groups or individuals in the fitness program referred to as Pilates. An instructor helps his students use Pilates to promote overall health, improve muscle tone and strength, and achieve better posture. Typically, Pilates instructors know hundreds of different exercises and can teach them to a general group or modify them to fit the needs of particular types of students. These instructors may even work with students as they recover from injuries or struggle with chronic health problems.
Adding Pilates to your daily routine is beneficial when managing neuropathy. Increasing your strength and blood circulation can alleviate the symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling.
Yoga Instructors teach a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
The practice of chant, pranayama and meditation may assist in calming the nervous system. The headstand and inversions causes an increase in circulation to the brain, which stimulates the brain’s nerve cells. This results in increased vitality and improved brain function (intelligence and memory) As well as having a dramatic effect on the brain, spine and glands, most asanas also benefit the internal organs by massaging and stimulating them. .