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What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

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  • The symptoms, which usually worsen at night, include: Numbness
  • Less sensitivity to pain or temperature
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Sharp pains
  • Cramps
  • More sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Foot problems like ulcers and infections
  • Muscle weakness in hands and feet

These symptoms are largely feelings and sensations. That means they’re different from the outward body changes that come with regular joint pain.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Definition.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What Is Arthritis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Definition.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/When to see a doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Causes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Charcot Joints or Neuropathic Arthropathy."

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Definition.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What Is Arthritis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Definition.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/When to see a doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Causes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Charcot Joints or Neuropathic Arthropathy."

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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