What Is CIPN? Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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(Newswire.net — February 14, 2019) — Breast Cancer is a devastating life changing event. Fortunately, there is greater success in treating breast cancer. Quite often, medications that kill the cancer can present collateral damage after the destruction of the cancer. Some studies indicate as much as 50% of the women who have breast cancer will develop CIPN. You are probably wondering what CIPN is? It stands for Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Neuropathy is a progressive nerve disorder characterized by tingling, numbness, burning, weakness, and pain in the arms and legs. It usually affects the feet more than the hands but can present symptoms in both areas. At first, symptoms are bearly noticeable and easily dismissed. However, the progression leads to greater levels of symptoms and comorbidities.

Medications can quell the symptoms but they present with their own problems such as weight gain. The greater the level of pain can bring on a more stationary lifestyle- if it hurts to walk people will stop walking, and therefore they can put on weight. Where do these people turn to when they are thrilled to be alive but now have to deal with chronic nerve pain?

Fortunately, there are new therapies that show great promise of treating neuropathy. Some of these can be done at home which is a total win for the person with CIPN. There is a device called the Rebuilder. It is a patented medical device that requires a prescription. Applied up to twice a day it allows the nerve pain to be reduced significantly. This is important because then the person is able to be more mobile. Typically if it hurts to walk you would naturally walk less. We often see balance issues creep up on these people.

If you think you have CIPN then you may want to look into the Rebuilder. Chances are your doctor has never heard about it. So follow the link and do a bit of homework. Rebuilder is being used at reputable hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic and Cancer Centers of America. This is a suggestion and should not replace what your doctor has recommended for you. I hope you find the relief you need and that you remain happily in remission.