Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden took to Instagram today to update her 599,000 followers on a worrying new side effect of her chemotherapy which could be “irreversible”.
The 33-year-old BBC star has bravely updated fans on her health battle after being diagnosed with breast cancer back in May.
This morning, an overjoyed Amy shared a video from bed as she revealed her hopes for her future health, as well as her upcoming TV plans.
“Morning everyone, how are we all doing this Friday?” she began. “I’m doing really well since last week’s chemo.
“I had a few side effects and a new one this time – neuropathy in my right thumb and second finger,” she revealed.
“I’m hoping it goes away by next week because I know sometimes with this it’s irreversible but fingers crossed it’ll be ok.
“It’s just like numbness – I can’t feel or it’s tingling sometimes – but mainly numbness. I can’t feel the end of my thumb – so weird.
According to the NHSPeripheral neuropathy develops “when nerves are damaged in the extremities of the body, such as the arms, legs and hands” and “symptoms depend on which nerves are affected”.
The main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, which can be caused by some chemotherapy drugs, include: numbness and tingling in the feet or hands, burning, stabbing or shooting pain in affected areas, loss of balance and coordination and muscle weakness, especially in the legs.
Despite her new symptoms, Amy remained cheerful as she continued: “Anyway, I’m back in Elstree (studios) today with the Strictly lot and I can’t wait for you to see what I’m up to – very fun! ”
“So I have a lovely day with them now and then tonight I’m live on Stand Up To Cancer with the lovely Davina McCall tune in live at 7pm.
“It’s really exciting and I’m back in Elstree doing Strictly tomorrow!” she concluded optimistically.
Amy is not with a celebrity for this year’s series of Strictly after doctors told her she would not be well enough to return full-time to the BBC show this year.
However, she has been making many appearances in groups and backstage with her close friends from the cast.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.05pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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