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Coping With Chemotherapy-Induced Muscle and Nerve Problems

Below are some suggestions for dealing with nerve or muscle problems during chemotherapy:
 
  • If your fingers are numb, be very careful when grasping objects that are sharp, hot, or otherwise dangerous.
     
  • If your sense of balance or muscle strength is affected, avoid falls by moving carefully, using handrails when going up or down stairs, and using bath mats in the bathtub or shower.
     
  • Always wear shoes with rubber soles (if possible).
     
  • Ask your healthcare provider for pain medicine.
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