Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:

I have a burning sensation in my lower legs. Burning gets more severe when touched, even if only by pant leg. Area is a mottled

Posted by Clay W. Facebook

Area is mottled red and hot to the touch.
Answers (2)
Sort by: Newest first | Oldest first

What you're describing goes by the medical terms hyperesthesia, allodynia, and/or neuropathic pain.  Hyperesthesia refers to unusual sensitivity of skin to stimulation while allodynia refers to pain resulting from a stimulus which would not normally cause pain.

This can result from vitamin deficiencies and/or long-standing poorly controlled diabetes.  One complication of shingles (reactivated chickenpox) is post-herpetic neuralgia, which is hyperesthesia and allodynia of the affected area.

Tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, capsaicin, and some anti-epileptic drugs are sometimes used to treat (neuropathic) pain rather than chronic narcotics.

Best to see your family physician for a complete & thorough evaluation.  Good luck!

Thank you for the response. I have been tested for diabetes, and while not diabetic, I am hypoglycemic and carry a meter to check my sugar. I don't know if it is relevant, but I am 10 tears post op from gastric bypass surgery, which might contribute to a vitamin deficiency. I also work as a security guard and walk at least 20 to 28 miles a day.

Once again, thank you very much for the response.

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
Post an answer
Write a comment: