Sensory symptoms refer to those symptoms that cause altered sensations. Paresthesia is a term that is often used to describe any abnormal or unusual sensation that people with peripheral neuropathy experience. Some common paresthesias include pins and needles, burning, tingling, numbness, and shock like sensations.

In many cases, these paresthesias have a “stocking-glove” distribution. The term “stocking- glove” means that the abnormal sensations often start in the toes and feet, work their way up to the knees, and then appear in the hands.

Some paresthesias cause people to feel pain from things not normally painful (for example, warm or cold water on the skin feels painful). Other people, especially diabetics, have decreased feeling and numbness in their feet. Regular foot checks are very important for these individuals because if they get a cut or an injury, they may not realize it.

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