Here we will go over 11 symptoms that may signify that you are suffering from nerve pain.
Nerve pain can occur for many reasons like damage, poor blood flow, vitamin deficiencies, infection, illness, drug use, and compression.
Nerve pain can signify a serious health condition or injury that may require immediate intervention. Keep reading to find out if the pain you are experiencing may be related to nerve issues.
- 1 The Types of Nerves
- 2 Why Does Nerve Pain Occur?
- 3 Signs You May Be Suffering From Nerve Pain or Damage
The Types of Nerves
The autonomic nerves are responsible for involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, temperature regulation, breathing, and digestion.
The motor nerves are responsible for the movements made by the signal sent from your brain. These movements include sitting, standing, walking, running, and jumping.
Sensory nerves are responsible for relaying information from your skin and muscles to your brain. Some of these functions include the feeling of pain, touch reception, and thermal sensation.
Why Does Nerve Pain Occur?
Nerve pain is often thought to occur primarily through injuries. However, this is not the case. The most common reason nerves are damaged or cause pain infection.
Some other main contributors to nerve pain are:
- Tumors or cancer
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Autoimmune diseases
- Bone marrow conditions
- Exposure to harmful toxins
- Kidney or liver diseases
- Alcoholism, drug use, or smoking
- Natural aging
More specifically, pain can occur when the nerve is compressed, physically damaged, excessively stretched, or fails to send and receive brain signals.
Signs You May Be Suffering From Nerve Pain or Damage
1) Various Types of Pain
There are several types of pain felt when suffering from nerve issues.
Sometimes the pain may be shooting, stabbing, throbbing, or achy. The feeling of sharp electrical shocks is commonly reported in patients.
With nerve pain or damage, you may experience a lack of sensation. Numbness is characterized by the inability to feel sensations when touched or even injured. An example of numbness might be when you go to the dentist and a topical anesthetic is applied to your gums before having dental work completed. Some pressure may be felt, but it is significantly limited.
Paralysis is the complete inability to make voluntary muscle movements. When a nerve is damaged, paralysis can occur in one or more body parts. Unfortunately, some patients may suffer from permanent paralysis. However, temporary paralysis is more common, and patients may recover through physical therapy and medications like marijuana. If you think you are dealing with paralysis, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Tingling is the feeling of pins and needles. If you have ever sat on your foot for too long and had it “fall asleep,” you are familiar with the feeling of tingling. Additionally, tingling can occur at skin level or deeper inside the body.
Twitches are small, quick, and involuntary muscle movements that may occur once or multiple times in a row. Twitching is most common in the face, arms, back, or legs. In most cases, twitching is nothing to worry about but may accompany nerve pain.
If you have a muscle cramp, you may experience the feeling of pain accompanied by tightness. Sometimes, cramps can be seen with the naked eye, and it looks like the muscle is flexed or disfigured. Relaxing a cramped muscle can be difficult but done by moving your muscles until you find relief and then holding the position.
7) Abnormal Sweating
When certain nerves such as the spinal cord are damaged, you may experience symptoms of abnormal sweating. For example, sweating while idle or not sweating while physically active may signify nerve damage. This abnormality occurs when the brain and body struggle to communicate with each other due to nerve damage.
Headaches may be in any part of the head and are often caused by nerve pain or damage to the neck or back. However, nerve issues in other parts of the body can indirectly cause headaches due to stress or because it is a symptom of the host condition.
9) Heat Intolerance
A heat intolerance may feel as if your skin is burning when warmth is nearby or applied. For example, if your hands have heat intolerance and you hold a cup of coffee, the temperature is exaggerated and may feel more like a cup of boiling water.
10) Burning Sensation
Burning sensations are different from heat intolerance because these sensations occur without the presence of high temperatures. Burning sensations can be felt on the skin or in your muscles.
11) Muscle Wasting
Wasting is a condition that results in weakness and decreased muscle mass. This shrinking of your muscles often occurs when damaged or pinched nerves do not allow contractions. Of course, exercise builds and strengthens your muscles, so when you don’t use them, you lose them.