Nerve damage can cause serious health problems and should be dealt with immediately. If you are even slightly concerned then you should arrange an appointment with your GP.
First things first let’s understand how the nervous system actually works; as it is a very complex and sophisticated system. Its basic job is to regulate and coordinate all of the body’s activities. It can be separated into two major parts; the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is located between the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is located within the belly button and chest.
Breaking It Down
The nervous system is made up of multiple key organs such as; the eyes, ears, sensory organs of taste, sensory organs of smell, and sensory receptors located within the skin, joints, muscles, and other parts of the body.
Disorders Of The Nervous System
The nervous system is very fragile and vulnerable to a wide variety of disorders. It can be affected by any of the following; trauma, infections, degenerations, structural defects, tumors, blood flow disruption, or autoimmune disorders.
Trauma can be anything from a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) and can cause vascular disorders. These disorders can be identified as any of the following; subarachnoid, hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage/hematoma, or extradural hemorrhage.
Infections that the nervous system can contract can range from the following; meningitis, encephalitis, polio, and epidural abscess.
The brain and spinal cord can be vulnerable to structural disorders such as; Bell’s palsy, cervical spondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, brain or spinal cord tumors, peripheral neuropathy, or Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The system can have functional disorders this can cause major and minor problems such as a headache, epilepsy, dizziness, or neuralgia.
Degeneration within the nervous system is quite rare and sufferers can develop Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s chorea, or Alzheimer’s disease. This is the worst-case scenario and cases are very few.
Symptoms of disorders in the nervous system will differ from person to person, but it is good to look out for the following signs. These are as follows;
- Constant or sudden inception of a headache,
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in certain parts of the body,
- Sudden loss of strength in the muscle,
- Blurry or loss of sight,
- Unexpected memory loss,
- Loss of coordination and balance,
- Muscle tightness
- Wasting of the muscle,
- Slurred speech.