Training modules (NHS Scotland)

Sensory neuropathy

Many individuals who have developed sensory neuropathy have no symptoms whatsoever and maybe unaware of the presence of this condition. This is why screening for any signs of neuropathic changes is so important. This will be carried out by any appropriately trained healthcare professional/worker every 2 years for anyone in the Low Risk category and annually for anyone in the Moderate Risk category.

What are the symptoms of sensory neuropathy?

  • Lack of sensation
  • Lack of awareness of pain
  • Lack of awareness of hot and cold
  • Pins and needles
  • Burning sensation
  • Shooting pains
  • Numbness

Paradoxically, although loss of sensation is a prominent symptom it may also be associated with painful symptoms. In some individuals the skin may be very sensitive to light touch and even the weight of the bed clothes at night may cause discomfort, this is called Painful Peripheral Neuropathy (PPN).