October 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

yes I get the burning sensation.

I find a warm rice pack often helps, I know that sounds weird putting a warm pack on a part of your body that feels like it is burning.

Sometimes my feet or hands feel hot to me on the inside but when I touch the skin it is actually cold! Go figure that one out! LOL!

Are you on any medicaion to help with th eburning and pain? I take gabapentin.

Rhonda from Canada


December 12, 2008 at 9:57 pm

A couple of suggestions to think about.
Regarding cause–since it only happens at night, think about if there is anything special about the night that might make this happen. The biggest thing to think about is likely pressure. Are you putting pressure on a nerve (by sleeping on your side, for example) or flexing your hands or wearing night clothes which press in on your arm? Second might be tension or breathing. Are you sleeping harder or differently because of being tired so that you are snoring or not breathing quite as well? It seems like the worsening of paresthesias in the legs at night have some link to flow of blood, oxygen, and pH.
Regarding treatment, if you cannot take gabapentin or Lyrica, maybe you could take Cymbalta. this also works for peripheral neuropathy pain and acts differently than how the other two do.

On the likely to be less helpful, but maybe worth thinking about side are the possibility of a numbing cream. Lidocaine patches may work, but they are hard to wear and to make fit over the hands. There are some creams made for paresthesias that we have talked about at the Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group that I attend. I do not remember the names, but they are supposed to be at common drug stores in feet or diabetes sections. I got some samples of transdermal L-arginine cream which is a natural product supposed to help peripheral nerve pain (Healthi Betic). I have not tried it yet and it says it is for feet, but I am not sure why it would not work for hands/arms since you apply it to the feet with your hands. You just have to be careful not to get it into eyes or mucus membranes.

Finally, for a bad sunburn, it often helps to put lotion into the refrigerator and the coolness helps the pain. It is temporary, but sometimes one has to get over an aweful moment and this helps that. Cool wet towels can also help. If you have decreased feeling in your hands, you should be careful about ice–as well, the extreme in temperature might make things worse–as might reduction in blood flow (vasoconstriction) from cold if this is part of the problem contributing to this.

I hope very much that this issue resolves soon as it is clear how aweful it feels. WithHope for a cure of these diseases.