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What does dysesthesia (multiple sclerosis pain) feel like?

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Dysesthesia means "abnormal sensation." It's usually a painful burning, prickling, or aching feeling. You typically get it in your legs or feet. But you also can have it in your arms. Sometimes the pain feels like you're being squeezed around your chest or abdomen. The pain may be acute, meaning it comes on quickly then goes away. Or it may be chronic, lingering for a long time. Sometimes the pain comes out of nowhere, and other times a normal sensation changes. For instance, your clothes suddenly feel like they're burning your skin. Changes in temperature may make the pain worse, and you may feel it more after you exercise or when you're trying to sleep.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Pain with MS."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Altered sensations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Pain with MS."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Altered sensations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

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