What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Damage?

Nerve damage (AKA Peripheral Neuropathy), is a result of damage to the nerves located outside the brain & spinal cord (peripheral nerves). – This often causes weakness, numbness & pain, usually in the hands & feet. Further, it can also affect other areas & body functions including digestion, urination & circulation” [1]. If left untreated, this condition can lead to a very serious scenario, including amputation. To that end, the best course of action is to have a Consultation with an Experienced Pain Specialist

The Low-Down

Our peripheral nervous system (PNS) transmits data from what could be called our ‘Central Control,’ to the rest of our body. This central control is our central nervous system which comprises our brain and spinal cord.

In addition to this, data is also sent to the central nervous system from the peripheral nerves. – So in essence, it is a two-way system.

The nerves in our peripheral nervous system have a unique function, therefore, any symptoms are linked to the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified into the following categories:
•Sensory Nerves which receive sensation from the skin. – This includes: touch, vibration, pain & temperature
•Motor Nerves which power muscle movement
•Autonomic Nerves which control various functions. These include: bladder, digestion, the heart rate, perspiration & blood pressure [1].

So What Symptoms Should I Look Out For?

•A gradual onset of tingling, prickling, or numbness in the hands or feet which can spread upwards into your arms & legs
•A burning, throbbing, jabbing, or sharp pain
•Extreme sensitivity if touched
•Weakness in a muscle/s
•Falling & lack of coordination
•Experiencing pain whilst doing activities which would not ordinarily bring this about. Examples include: feeling pain in your feet while they are covered by a blanket; & putting weight on your feet
•Feeling as though you have socks or gloves on, when your feet & hands are bare
•If the motor nerves are impacted, paralysis [1].

If the autonomic nerves are affected, symptoms could include:
•An intolerance to heat
•Not being able to sweat, or extreme sweating
•Digestive, bladder or bowel issues
•A fall in blood pressure which generates light-headedness or feeling dizzy [1]

Booking an Appointment With a Pain Specialist

After reviewing your medical history, and asking you a number of important questions, including when the pain first started, and what times of day (including doing certain activities) makes it worse; your Pain Specialist will give you an examination, and then tell you about the conventional and latest cutting-edge treatments that would be suitable for your individual case. They will then devise a Holistic Personal Treatment Plan.


[1]. Mayo Clinic (2021). “Peripheral Neuropathy.”