What Causes Increased Sensitivity To Touch?
Increased sensitivity to touch can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose increased sensitivity to touch, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "increased sensitivity to touch" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
herpes type II
low lymphocyte count
regular odd skin sensations
recent loss of sense of touch
loss of sensation
frequent unexplained fevers
loss of sense of touch
inability to tell hot from cold
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of increased sensitivity to touch:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you suffer from tenderness to touch that is made worse by (for example) bedsheets, socks or tight-fitting shoes? This increased sensitivity to pain is known as hyperalgesia.
→ Don't know
→ Yes, somewhat
→ Yes, I have extreme sensitivity to touch
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no increased sensitivity to touch, increased sensitivity to touch or extreme sensitivity to touch, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
In some cases, pain may be so severe so as to limit walking. Patients with symptoms limited to the feet and ankles may observe similar symptoms in the fingertips; as the symptoms extend to the knees, they may also extend to the wrists. Only rarely do these symptoms extend above the knees.