Nerve Damage: Nerve Damage And Symptoms(2023)

What is nerve damage and its symptoms?

Nerve damage is of four main types, and the symptoms and treatment depend on the type that has affected you, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

1. Proximal nerve damage

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this type of nerve damage is rare and disabling. It majorly affects your thighs, buttocks, and hips. It affects one side of your body and rarely spreads to the other side. Symptoms of proximal nerve damage include:

  • Severe pain in the stomach
  • Pain in hips, thighs or buttocks
  • Finding it difficult to get up from a sitting position

2. Peripheral nerve damage

The peripheral nerves, the brain, and the spinal cord, basically form a network of nerves outside the central nervous system called the peripheral nervous system. According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in your hands, arms, and feet are injured. Common symptoms of peripheral nerve damage include:

  • Pain in both feet
  • Increased pain or sensitivity at night
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Ulcers or infections in feet
  • Bone and joint pain

3. Focal nerve damage

It is also known as mononeuropathy, this condition damages a single nerve in the face, arm, leg or torso. It is more common among adults. Some of the common symptoms of focal nerve damage include:

  • Pain behind one eye
  • Vision Problem
  • Numbness in hands and fingers
  • Weakness in hands
  • Bell’s palsy (inability to move one side of your face)

4. Autonomic nerve damage

In this condition, the nerves that control automatic body functions get damaged. According to several medical authorities, autonomic nerve damage affects your body temperature, digestive function, bladder, blood pressure and sexual function. Common symptoms of the disease include:

  • Dizziness
  • Urinary problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Sweating too much
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Inability to recognize
  • Digestion problems

Nerve damage can send incorrect signals to the nerve fibres, which may affect the proper functioning of the nerve. As per reports, telling the source of the nerve damage is not always easy and can be linked to all sorts of pain and diseases.

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