Jump onto any neuropathy related message board or online forum and you’ll see that there are a wide range of causes, types and symptoms of neuropathy. The symptoms you experience will vary depending on the cause of your neuropathy, the type of peripheral nerve that was damaged (sensory, motor, autonomic) and the extent of damage to the nerve or its protective coating (known as the myelin sheath).
The most common symptoms associated with neuropathy tend to be pain, numbness or tingling – usually in the arms, legs, hands or feet (though they can manifest themselves elsewhere in the body as well). These symptoms are associated with damage to the sensory nerves – the nerves responsible for sending and receiving sensations such as pain, temperature or touch. While these may be the most recognizable symptoms of neuropathy, they certainly aren’t the only ones.