What are neuropathy symptoms?

by Waden E. Emery III MD FAAN, – Neuromuscular Neurologist
Board Certified in Neurology, Asst Clinical Professor in Neurology
Miller School of Medicine University of Miami

Neuropathy Symptoms

As Dr. Norman Latov states, for some patients neuropathy symptoms can be nothing more than a mild annoyance; while for others it can be a torturing nightmare. For some if there is a delay in diagnosis and possible treatments, this delay too often results in substantial disability or in rare cases – death.

Each person’s experience varies depending on their type or cause of their Neuropathy, but in general following are the most common symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy:

  • Severe strange pains in your feet, legs, hands and other parts of the body; including “crawling insects” under your skin;
  • Balance is difficult when walking, getting dressed, getting out of bed or whenever you close your eyes;
  • Numbness / heavy / cardboard / heavy cement feeling/ Novocain  feeling in your feet and legs;
  • Tingling or “vibration” like feelings in your feet and hands;
  • Electric shocks starting at the bottom of your feet/foot that shoot up your leg(s) and on almost any part of the body; (See What is Neuropathic Pain? Below).
  • Bone pain especially in the feet on walking or standing;
  • Painful muscle spasms/cramps;
  • Skin may become painful to touch or loss of the feeling of touch; with Agent Orange skin rash;
  • Burning sensations in your feet and hands;
  • Loss, or lessening, of sensation for hot and cold;
  • Feeling like you are wearing socks when you are not;The feeling you are walking on crumpled socks or stones;
  • Feet feel swollen or large;
  • Difficulty moving your hands or feet;
  • A feeling of clumsiness, tripping (foot drop) or dropping things;
  • Attacks of daily severe exhaustion with strange fatigue;
  • Problems with not sweating in lower body with excessive sweating in upper body;
  • Digestive (fullness; alternating diarrhea / constipation) and/or urinary problems (overflow incontinence);
  • Sexual problems (loss of sensation/feeling/moisture);
  • A tightening of your chest with an increased difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing; uncorrectable vision problems.