What would make my legs hurt to be gently rubbed?

2 answers | Last updated: Oct 11, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

What would make my legs hurt to be gently rubbed?

Expert Answers

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!

Community Answers

A fellow caregiver answered...

Agreed with Jennifer,

Symptoms are related to the type of the affected nerve and over a period of days, weeks, or years. muscle weakness is the most common motor nerve damage symptoms. other symptoms may include painful cramps and fasciculations (uncontrolled muscle) will appear under the skin twitching, muscle loss, bone degeneration and changes in skin, hair and nails. for more general damage fiber sensory or autonomic nervous degenerative changes can result from.

Peripheral neuropathy can be either acquired or inherited. a nerve, tumors, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, alcoholism and vascular and metabolic disorder, physical injury (trauma) acquired peripheral neuropathy causes include

Mechanical aids can help reduce pain and lessen the impact of physical disability

Good luck! Cheers Stevan