Peripheral Neuropathy - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy somewhat depend on the cause. Typically, peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves of sensation. As a result, patients affected by peripheral neuropathy develop pain, burning, or tingling in the distribution of the affected nerves. Most commonly this is in the feet and/or hands. This can cause tingling, numbness, and/or burning in the toes or fingers.

When shingles causes peripheral neuropathy, the particular nerve affected causes a very localized burning and itching sensation. This could be, for examples, in the side of the chest, the face, the buttock, etc.

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Comment from: aide, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I am 38 years old and been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. It started 2 years ago when at night I started to get pins and needles, pain and burning in my hands and feet. This has progressed up into my calves, and I now get numbness, feet and hands go cold as stone, bottom of my back aches, and I get pins and needles most of the day in my back, I went to the doctor and got prescribed gabapentin. This sent me suicidal, and the doctor changed it to duloxetine 30 mg which has worked reasonably well. Although I have had to have the dosage upped it still works, at the moment I am on 80 mg a day and I think it's time to see the doctor again as pain is starting to get to me again. The worst part of this disability is that I get so angry and wound up because the pain never stops and nobody believes how bad it gets but on the plus side I"ve still got a job.

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Comment from: Tom, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 01

My peripheral neuropathy started 20 years ago. My first symptom was drop foot, then a feeling of socks on in bed. Next was the loss of nerves in both the arms and legs. I"m now having trouble with balance. I"ve fallen a few times even using a walker. I have tried all the medicines with no help.

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