I have used Gabapentin for my tingling and numbness for 14 years now. If I miss a dose the numbness begins to come back almost immediately. You really should give it a try-I experience no side effects from it at all.
My daughter Rachel Victoria Pearline MD, MPh had peripheral neuropathy and we had several methods to help out. Certainly several different tongs and gloves to handle cold or hot foods in the kitchen. Also, I used to buy her the disposable and the reusable hand warmers to give her extra warmth. She also used gabapentin.
I don't know what happened to my first post but there's nothing there. This forum's software is annoying.
Anyway, what I apparently wasted 10 minutes saying the first time was that I have cold sensitivity during chemo treatment for a few days after each treatment but it didn't linger. Chemo was five years ago. I do have permanent neuropathy in my lower legs, especially my feet, and a little in my fingers, but no cold sensitivity.
I also use gabapentin. I have tried and prefer Lyrica because it really worked! But it's proprietary and therefore expensive and insurance isn't keen on covering it. So I went back to gaba.
Another method that I use to help keep my hands warm. I keep and old pair of driving gloves like Isotoner hanging on a "Command" hook on the side of my refrigerator. When I need to get something out of the freezer I put on the gloves to help maintain circulation.
This article states that cold weather affects the author's peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of the nervous system. It affects the long nerves in particular. For example, the thumb, index and middle finger of my right hand are number.
Peripheral neuropathy is not affected by temperature. If you are affected by temperature, it is Raynaud's phenomenon, a vascular condition. The small blood vessels contract too quickly. For example, if I stick my hand into the freezer to grab some ice cream, my hand goes completely numb and I drop the ice cream. I have to wear gloves sometimes when taking items out of the freezer. I used to be able to shovel snow in a short-sleeve shirt, but after chemo, that's no longer an option.
I've been diagnosed with both peripheral neuropathy and Raynaud's phenomenon. (I have every rare side effect of platinum-based chemo.)
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