Nerve Pain

The nervous system encompasses the entire body and is involved with everything from regulating your breathing to controlling your muscles and all sensory functions. There are three types of nerves in the body:

  • Autonomic Nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body such as temperature regulation, blood pressure, heart rate and digestion. Symptoms of damaged Autonomic nerves:
  • Inability to sense chest pain, such as angina or heart attack
  • Constipation
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Motor nerves control your movements and actions via information passing from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles. Symptoms associated with Motor nerve damage:
  • Weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Fasciculation (involuntary twitching)
  • Paralysis
  • Sensory nerves transmit information from your skin and muscles back to your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms associated with Sensory nerve damage:
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Issues with positional awareness

Depending on the location and types of nerves affected, you may exhibit an array of symptoms. Identifying nerve damage in your brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves are essential in restoring your quality of life. It is not uncommon for people to exhibit symptoms of damage from two or even three different types of nerves.

  • Possible causes of nerve pain and nerve damage:
  • Autoimmune diseases. These include multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Cancer
  • Compression/trauma. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves in the neck and crush injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Drug side effects and toxic substances
  • Motor neuron disease. These include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Nutritional deficiencies. (deficiencies in B6 and B12)
  • Infectious Disease. Conditions such as Lyme disease, herpes, HIV and hepatitis C have the ability to affect the nerves in your body.