What is Getting on Your Nerves?

One of the body’s systems that we give little thought to is the nervous system… that is until something goes wrong. Our nervous system is involved in everything we do! Whether it’s regulating our breathing, controlling our muscles, or helping us sense heat or cold, the nervous system is a key player in our day-to-day functioning. 

Our bodies have two main components that work together to make sure our organs and muscles are communicating what the body needs at any given moment. The central nervous system (the brain, cerebellum, and the spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the somatic, autonomic, sympathetic, and parasympathetic nerve systems) work in sync to control movement, reflexes, how the body deals with stress, and how we process the energy we need to function. All our five senses, our ability to reason and think, our language, and the storing of memories… all have the nervous system to thank.

Signs you may have nervous system problems

Depending on the body area and nerve involved, symptoms of a nerve disorder vary. Certain signs there is a need for concern can be mild or severe with either a gradual onset or can be acute and occur suddenly. Possible signs of a nerve disorder or nervous system concern include:

  • Persistent or sudden onset of a headache
  • Changes in how headaches are experienced
  • Loss of feeling or tingling
  • Muscle weakness, decreased muscle strength, or muscle rigidity
  • Vision impairment
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired mental ability
  • Poor coordination, including falling
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Back pain which spreads to the feet, toes, or other parts of the body
  • Slurred speech or new language problems with expression or comprehension

Because nerve disorder symptoms can look like other medical conditions, it is always best to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis.

As mentioned, a part of the nervous system is the peripheral nervous system. There are three types of classifications connected to the peripheral nervous system:

  • The autonomic nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body. These include heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation.
  • The motor nerves control movements and actions by passing information from the brain and spinal cord to our muscles.
  • The sensory nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The relayed information is processed to help us feel pain and other sensations.

In this system, there are specific symptoms to be on the lookout for as well. Those signs not already mentioned include: 

  • Gradual onset of numbness, prickling, or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms
  • Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain
  • Extremely sensitive to touch
  • Pain with activities that don’t normally cause pain, for example, pain in your feet when putting weight on them or just lying under a blanket
  • Feeling as if you’re wearing gloves or socks when you’re not
  • Paralysis if motor nerves are impacted

Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve, two or more nerves in different areas, or many nerves throughout the body. Carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the conditions treated at Desert Oasis Clinic, is an example of mononeuropathy (one nerve), the median nerve. Most people with peripheral neuropathy have polyneuropathy, multiple damaged nerves. Because nerves are essential to all we do, nerve damage can seriously affect your quality of life.

What Can a Visit to Desert Oasis Clinic Do?

In addition to experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, there are health and situational conditions that place you at risk for nervous system disorders such as: 

  • Trauma
  • Infections
  • Degeneration of muscles
  • Structural defects
  • Tumors
  • Blood flow disturbance/Pinched nerve
  • Autoimmune illnesses

Among the many conditions and disorders related to the nervous system that are routinely treated at Desert Oasis Clinic are headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and erectile dysfunction. The kind of natural and holistic treatment you would receive would depend on the type of nerve disorder you have, the symptom level, any underlying conditions you may have, and what you and Dr. Thompson decide based on your lifestyle goals.

Some of the treatments offered at Desert Clinic that are designed to help with nerve disorders involve: 

Contact Us Today

Each patient responds to therapy differently. During your initial appointment, you will work with Dr. Thompson to determine what is the best course of action for you. Desert Oasis Clinic can help you maintain your health using the latest natural and holistic treatments. Please call today at 702-310-9350 to speak to our friendly staff and schedule an appointment.

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