The first signs of nerve damage can be pretty scary—you might notice that you’ve cut your leg but didn’t feel anything. Of course, nerve damage symptoms could be marked by the exact opposite sensation: intense pain, tingling, and burning for no known reason. Symptoms and signs of nerve damage take many different forms because there are literally tens of thousands of nerves in your body.

An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral nerve damage, or “neuropathy.” Diabetes is the leading cause, while other causes include:

Nutritional deficiencies
Alcohol abuse
Certain medications
Autoimmune disorders like hepatitis C, diphtheria, HIV, and rheumatoid arthritis
No known cause (which may account for up to 30% of cases).
Your peripheral nerves are spread throughout your body. They are part of your skin, muscles, and organs.

Your brain and spinal cord send and receive messages from the nerves, allowing you to move, feel, and function properly.

When nerves are damaged, this communication cuts off, and things don’t work like they are supposed to. Movement can become much more difficult due to increasing numbness or weakness; intense pain may subsist when there is little-to-no stimuli, or you may feel nothing at all.


Author's Bio: 

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you.

Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.