Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, describes a problem with the functionality of the peripheral nerves. These nerves are in charge of communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. Depending on the peripheral nerve affected, neuropathic pain can produce a broad range of symptoms of varying severity. In many instances, other health conditions can cause neuropathy, which means it can be a symptom as well as a disease.


1. Localized Pain

One of the main symptoms of neuropathy is a sharp, shooting pain sporadically within the legs. Some people experience a painful ache that occurs from a stimulus that should not hurt, such as a light touch. This symptom is typical of sensory neuropathy, where dysfunctional nerves create atypical feelings in the body.


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