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Thermal threshold testing

If you are experiencing ongoing burning pain, thermal threshold testing can provide more conclusive results as to why

About

Thermal threshold testing examines how sensitive you are to temperature changes. It assesses the smallest nerves in your body. This helps your consultant understand why you feel a burning pain in your feet or hands. The test is very simple and can last up to one hour. It is available to people of all ages.

Need to know

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    You do not need an anaesthetic for this test. Your consultant will ask you about your medical history. They will then attach a small probe to your leg, arm and/or hand. You will be given a button to press each time you feel a temperature change. The test is very straightforward and can last between 45 to 60 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. No specific preparation is required, although you may be advised to wear loose fitting clothing for the test.
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    There are no known side effects from thermal threshold testing. You should be able to go home immediately after your examination.
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