Nerve damage (neuropathy) is most commonly numbness or tingling in the hands and feet that can cause sharp pains. It can range from very mild to a complete loss of feeling. The inability to feel hands and feet means your spouse may not be able to do simple daily tasks such as walking, eating, dressing and writing. Neuropathy often improves when treatment is switched or ends, so hopefully this will be a temporary condition for your spouse.
Fortunately, there are a number of products available from your local home improvement store or medical supply store that can help in dealing with these issues. Online retailers are also a great resource. Two major suppliers of adaptive equiptment are Sammons-Preston and Northcoast. Additionally, a physical or occupational therapy evaluation may be helpful. Ask your physician for a prescription or referal so a trained professional can properly evaluate your needs. With doctors orders, many adaptive devices may be paid for by your health insurance. Some of the experiences and tips suggested below are based on a complete loss of feeling that is probably more severe than most cases.