Your body comprises of hundreds and thousands of nerves, and the majority of these are peripheral nerves that very much resemble the branches of a tree. They spread out throughout your body and send back the messages of various body organs to your spinal cord and brain. Now, If your nerves are functioning effectively, your brain receives all the essential information that is vital to ensure the proper functioning of your body, for instance, moving your muscles, feeling pain, and so on.
However, if your peripheral nerves fail to work properly, you can face severe difficulties doing the simplest of tasks, like walking, coping with pain, and you can face some severe life-challenging situations due to the loss of sensory co-ordination in your body.
A research revealed that over 20 million of the American population deals with damage of the peripheral nerve, more commonly known as neuropathy. But why does it in happen to so many people? Well, diabetes has been ruled out as the principal cause, while sheer bad luck is also to be blamed if you have inherited this disease as an anatomical damage. Lyme disease and repetitive motion have also been ruled out as main causes of peripheral nerve damage.
Your peripheral nerves can also get damaged due to toxin exposure, such that in cancer treatments or alcohol, autoimmune diseases such as diphtheria, HIV, Hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr, Guillain-Barre Syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis. It also occurs when the body experiences aging or a severe vitamin deficiency. Research also revealed a shocking fact that nearly 30% of neuropathy damage causes are “idiopathic”, which basically means that they cause is unknown.
However, neurologists say that nerve damage develops very gradually and subtly so if you manage to get adequate treatment before the situation worsens, you can save yourself. But being given the correct diagnosis is a real feat in itself.
The best way to protect yourself is to keep a lookout for the below mentioned symptoms and consult your doctor without any delay if you spot any one of them!
1. Pain in One Leg
More commonly known as the sciatic nerve pain, this causes a sharp burning sensation to travel down from your lower back all the way up to the back of your leg. If you have sciatica, chances are your sciatic nerve has been compressed. Now this could happen if your spinal disc has suffered damage, or if you have managed to trip down and hurt yourself.