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Are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy bad?

22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yo-El Ju
Neurology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Numbness, tingling, and burning are the most frequent symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Many people describe it as when a foot that has "fallen asleep" is coming "back to life, " except all the time. Many people find it very uncomfortable.

In brief: Sometimes

Numbness, tingling, and burning are the most frequent symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Many people describe it as when a foot that has "fallen asleep" is coming "back to life, " except all the time. Many people find it very uncomfortable.
Dr. Yo-El Ju
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Dr. Margarita Correa-Perez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Neuropathic pain varies from mild to severe.
If related to conditions like diabetes mellitus, may improve controlling glucose level. If related to vitamin B12 deficiency, if treated pain gets better or disappear. Medications such as pregabalin, duloxetine can help treat pain related to diabetic neuropathy but do not cure the underlying condition.

In brief: Sometimes

Neuropathic pain varies from mild to severe.
If related to conditions like diabetes mellitus, may improve controlling glucose level. If related to vitamin B12 deficiency, if treated pain gets better or disappear. Medications such as pregabalin, duloxetine can help treat pain related to diabetic neuropathy but do not cure the underlying condition.
Dr. Margarita Correa-Perez
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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can be

When you suffer from peripheral neuropathy in the foot and ankle you loose what we call portective threshold.
This can lead to infections and open wounds, because you are unbale to feel things people who do not suffer form neuropathy. I would recommend seeing a speicialist ( neurologist or your famliy doctor) to guide you in what to do next.

In brief: It can be

When you suffer from peripheral neuropathy in the foot and ankle you loose what we call portective threshold.
This can lead to infections and open wounds, because you are unbale to feel things people who do not suffer form neuropathy. I would recommend seeing a speicialist ( neurologist or your famliy doctor) to guide you in what to do next.
Dr. Adam Teichman
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine

In brief: Underlying cause

I agree with the previous answers and would add that identifying and addressing the underlying cause, when possible, is important, and can delay or prevent worsening, and sometimes lead to improvement.
Diabetes is a common cause, B12 deficiency less common, and there are many others. Another common one is excessive alcohol consumption, and this can be addressed.

In brief: Underlying cause

I agree with the previous answers and would add that identifying and addressing the underlying cause, when possible, is important, and can delay or prevent worsening, and sometimes lead to improvement.
Diabetes is a common cause, B12 deficiency less common, and there are many others. Another common one is excessive alcohol consumption, and this can be addressed.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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