Your nervous system is greatly involved in everything your body does on a daily basis, from regulating your breathing to managing your muscles and sensing both hot and cold.
There are three types of nerves in the body, they’re mainly:
- Autonomic nerves: These nerves help control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, this include heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and temperature regulation.
- Motor Nerves: These nerves control your movements and actions passing information form your brrain and spinal cord to your muscles.
- Sensory Neves: These nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensation.
Because nerves are essential yo all you do, nerve pain and damage can seriously affect your quality of life.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NERVE PAIN AND NERVE DAMAGE?
With nerve damage there can be a wide array of symptoms. Which ones you may have depends on the location and type of nerves that are affected. Damage can happen to nerves in your brain and spinal cord. It can also happen in the peripheral nerves, which are located all over all over your body.
Autonomic nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- The inability to sense chest pain, such as angina or heart attack
- Too much sweating (known as hyperhidrosis) or too little sweating (known as anhidrosis)
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Bladder dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
Damage to motor nerves may produce the following symptoms:
- Muscle atrophy
- Twitching, also known as fasciculation
Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- Tingling or prickling
- Problems with positional awareness
In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage or two, or even three, different types of nerves. For example, you may experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time.