Nerves are like tree branches, and the body possesses billions of these sensors that transmit messages to the brain. When your nerves work appropriately, the brain will utilize this information to identify pain, keep the organs functioning correctly, and move the muscles. However, if you sustain nerve injuries Edison, it could result in debilitating symptoms. Nerve damage develops gradually; thus, paying attention to the body and any changes is vital. Treating the underlying cause of nerve damage could be much easier than addressing it as it worsens. Here are the key warning signs of nerve injury.

1. Persistent Numbness or Tingling

If you have slept in an awkward position or sat for long, you will understand precisely what pins and needles feel like. In numerous cases, the sensation is fleeting and passes immediately after blood flow is restored, and your nerves regain complete function. However, if the ‘pins and needles’ sensation does not go away and you experience persistent tingling, numbness, or pricking, it may be caused by peripheral neuropathy.

2. Unexplained Injuries

Your body has its fair share of sensory nerves that warn you of danger and provide you with appropriate feedback to different stimuli. Experiencing burns, cuts, or bruises should hurt, partly to protect you from further damage.

However, if you are experiencing unexplained bruises, burns, or cuts on the body, with one recollection of how or when they happened, then the sensory nerves could be damaged. Although not experiencing pain may sound convenient, losing such as critical warning system could have serious consequences.

3. Bowel and Bladder Problems

There is dysentery, and then there is bowel and bladder incontinence caused by neuropathy. If you cannot wait to visit the washroom, there is a risk that the nerves that help you control your bowels and bladder are damaged. These symptoms are serious and should be addressed immediately, particularly if combined with numbness and weakness.

4. Falling, Stumbling, and Balance Problems

Coordination and balance problems are often associated with inner ear issues. However, they could also be attributed to or worsened by neuropathy in your legs, effectively cutting off the motor neurons from the brain and making one of the legs give out partially or completely. The issue might be subtle initially, but if you stumble often and cannot get your legs to function appropriately, there may be something wrong with the motor nerves.

5. Abnormal Headaches

Headaches could stem from various factors, ranging from eye strain and dehydration to tension resulting from poor posture. However, sharp, shock-like pains, particularly behind the ears, around the back of your neck, and skull, could signify occipital neuropathy. Anything from whiplash to general inflammation could cause this nerve damage.

Having functional nerves enables you to perform everyday activities with ease. Therefore, sustaining a nerve injury could be quite disruptive to your health and general life quality. It is important to obtain a proper diagnosis and start treatment immediately you begin experiencing symptoms. Early treatment keeps the condition from worsening and causing lasting nerve damage. Treatment for your injured nerve will vary based on the area and degree of damage, which your physician will typically determine via a nerve conduction velocity study. Talk to your provider about your unique concerns to determine the best care plan.