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Sensory Neuropathy - Sensory Nerves Damaged

There are three types of nerves - sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves.  

Nerves carry information to and from the brain. It is the communication system of the body. The brain sends out commands to the body via the nervous system. The brain gets information from the body via the nervous system. 

Every nerve in your nervous system has a specific function, so the symptoms will depend on the type of nerves affected. 

Nerves are classified into:

Sensory nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin

Motor nerves that control muscle movement

Autonomic nerves these are the nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder

Sensory nerves relay what you feel, such as pain, or touch. 

The symptoms you feel with sensory neuropathy depend on which nerve is damaged.  It could be in your feet, your hands, arms, legs, back, head, etc. 

With sensory nerve damage, you can experience:

  • Tingling.
  • Pricking sensations
  • Numbness, especially in the hands and feet
  • Sensitivity to toudh and even left arm pain and tingling.
  • Changes in sensation — Some people feel severe pain, especially at night, and some are unable to feel pain, pressure, temperature, or touch
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of reflexes.
  • Burning sensation
  • Feeling that you are wearing socks or gloves when you are not.

If the nerve damage increases it can cause

  • sharp pain
  • jabbing pain
  • throbbing
  • freezing or burning pain
  • stabling pain and then can lead to numbness in feet and other areas. 
  • There is also extreme sensitivity to touch. 

It can start in your feet or hands, and can then spread upward into your legs and arms

Small fiber neuropathy affects the nerve endings in the fingers or toes as well as the legs.

What Causes this? 

There are many causes of neuropathy or nerve damage.  You can review a list of these at Risk & Causes of Neuropathy


Medical treatments for this type of damage will use drugs in an attempt to cover up the symptoms by stopping the communication to the brain, or making you less aware of it. 

Natural vitamins can be used by the body to build healthy nerves.

For more information about Nerve Damage Neuropathy, you can read more at Neuropathy  



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