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: sarah1938, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy about 6 weeks ago. My only pain was in my knee. I have since seen an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed me with osteoarthritis in my knee. After a cortisone shot my knee pain is gone. I don't doubt that I do have peripheral neuropathy however I have gained 5 lb. since being on gabapentin and don't feel any different. Of course my only pain was in my knee. I will be talking to my neurologist about the gabapentin.

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Comment from: Steve McC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I have diabetic peripheral neuropathy. I am 64 and have been suffering with diabetes type 2 for 20 years, and over the last 8 years I have developed neuropathy. I am very weak in the legs and cannot stand up if I fall down. I also am very clumsy, losing control over bowel movements, and have difficulty swallowing, burning pain in the thighs, and numbness in the feet. I found that 800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid a day really helps with leg weakness and I no longer use a walking stick. I still cannot stand up if I fall over, but I can navigate small steps without a handrail without falling over or overbalancing.

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