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About Peripheral Nerve Diseases And Treatments


Peripheral nerves are all the nerves outside your brain as well as the spinal cord, that is all the nerves apart from the brain and spinal cord. They are basically the nerves in your face, arms, legs, torso and some cranial nerves. They communicate between the brain and muscles, skin, internal organs and blood vessels. They are like your body’s telephone network. So if any of these nerves has a certain disorder you suffer from one of the more than 100 kinds of peripheral nerve diseases. They can affect one nerve or many nerves. Some of the peripheral nerve diseases could be as a result of other diseases such as diabetic nerve problems, guillain-barre syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome. In some other cases like complex regional pain syndrome it usually stars after an injury.


The symptoms of peripheral nerve diseases include numbness, pain, burning or tingling, muscle weakness, sensitivity to touch, loss of balance. These symptoms usually depend on which type of nerve is infected and can therefore vary. Since the nerves control our bodily functions peripheral nerve diseases can cause one to loose control of most of the functions like the ones we do not subconsciously think of like the heart rate, digestion and even the emptying of the bowel and bladder. Peripheral nerve diseases can affect anyone since all human beings have nerve in their bodies. Peripheral nerve diseases can be treated in different ways depending on the nerves affected


One way of treating peripheral nerve diseases is by anti-seizure medication. This medication is used to relieve the nerve pain caused by peripheral nerve diseases. They were originally invented for people who suffer from epilepsy but the doctors later discovered that they had a nerve calming quality and could reduce nerve pain. The second way of treating peripheral nerve diseases is by the use of anticonvulsants drugs. These drugs help a lot although they have some side effects such as suicidal impulses as well as life threatening impulses. Nerve blocks are another way of treating peripheral nerve diseases. It is basically anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection that is targeted towards a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat the pain. It works as a turn-off pain signal to decrease inflammation in that area.

Tips and comments

Peripheral nerve diseases can cause you a lot of medical problems such as strokes and paralysis or even death. This is because nerves basically control all your bodily functions. If the nerves of your heart stop working you can suffer a heart attack and end up dead. It is good for you not to ignore any kind of pain you feel and if it is very intense make a point of seeing a doctor to get checked up. If you have persistent pain, get a physical and thorough medical check up to eliminate any chances of having peripheral nerve diseases. Take good care of your body and make sure you do not self medicate before you know the problem that you could be suffering from.

By emma Wanjiku, published at 04/06/2012
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