Sure it can be caused by the chemo. Needles and pins are neuropathy symptoms caused by cisplatin and I'm sure Don will kick in with some good advice. Pain is more likely to be caused by bleomycin. It's pretty hard on the vascular system and may cause pain that comes and goes, in the hands and feet. Luckily these pains will wear off in a couple of months , whereas the neuropathy unfortunately may stay with you a little longer.
What was your question again? Oh, right! Yes - short term memory appears to be affected, but I feel it starting to come back again. I don't remember reading anything scintific about it, but I know of an ongoing study that's seeking to clarify the long term cognitive effets of chemo, more precisely BEP.
I'm sorry you are having sideeffects, but be assured that it will wear of (and you will get used to it...
Embryonal carcinoma, stage II,
3 x BEP, apr - june 2005