What would make my legs hurt to be gently rubbed?

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What would make my legs hurt to be gently rubbed?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

If your legs hurt when they are touched or rubbed gently, you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. This condition causes gradual onset of numbness and/or tingling in your feet, which may spread upward to your legs. Symptoms include a "burning" or "electric shock"-like pain in the lower extremities, sometimes with extreme sensitivity to touch.

Conditions that can cause peripheral neuropathy include: 1) Diabetes
2) Trauma 3) Vitamin B deficiencies 4) Alcoholism 5) Infections 6) Autoimmune diseases (like lupus)
7) Kidney disease 8) Liver disease 9) Medications

I would suggest scheduling an appointment with your health care provider, so that you can find out what is going on with your leg sensitivity, and to see if it can be treated. Good Luck!