What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage?

Q:
What are the symptoms of nerve pain and nerve damage?

A:
With nerve damage there can be a wide array of symptoms. Which ones you may have depends on the location and type of nerves that are affected. Damage can occur to nerves in your brain and spinal cord. It can also occur in the peripheral nerves, which are located throughout the rest of your body.

Autonomic nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:

  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Inability to sense chest pain, such as angina or heart attack
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Too much sweating (known as hyperhidrosis) or too little sweating (known as anhidrosis)

Damage to motor nerves may produce the following symptoms:

  • Burning
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Twitching, also known as fasciculation
  • Weakness

Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Problems with positional awareness
  • Sensitivity
  • Tingling or prickling

In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time.

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