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What does the pain feel like in neuropathy?
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Burning tingling
Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation).
It's the small fiber component that most patients complain about. They also relate sensation of ants crawling on their feet and legs.

In brief: Burning tingling
Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation).
It's the small fiber component that most patients complain about. They also relate sensation of ants crawling on their feet and legs.
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Dr. Patrick Connolly
The pain part of neuropathy is often described as a burning pain. Some people experience worsening of the pain when air moves across their skin or when a bed sheet falls on the affected part. Neuopathic pain generally does not respond very well to narcotics and there are different types of drugs used compared to tissue pain.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Different people describe it differently.
Some say burning, others electric, others tingling, others numbness, or a seemingly paradoxical painful numbness. Still others might just say ache or cramp. In general it will first occur in the feet and gradually work up to the calves. Then the hands can be affected. When present it's very important to check feet carefully & often for cuts, scratches, etc.

In brief: Varies
Different people describe it differently.
Some say burning, others electric, others tingling, others numbness, or a seemingly paradoxical painful numbness. Still others might just say ache or cramp. In general it will first occur in the feet and gradually work up to the calves. Then the hands can be affected. When present it's very important to check feet carefully & often for cuts, scratches, etc.
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
In brief: Pain, numbness.
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by many tings, including diabetes, excessive alcohol use, or chemotherapy.
Patients can have tingling, burning, itching, a "tight" feeling, pain, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness.

In brief: Pain, numbness.
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by many tings, including diabetes, excessive alcohol use, or chemotherapy.
Patients can have tingling, burning, itching, a "tight" feeling, pain, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
In brief: Altered sensations
It can range from descriptions like numbness, burning, tingling, feeling like something is tight around you, feeling like bugs crawling on you.
.Etc etc.

In brief: Altered sensations
It can range from descriptions like numbness, burning, tingling, feeling like something is tight around you, feeling like bugs crawling on you.
.Etc etc.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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