The burning, searing pain of nerve damage isn’t something that can be ignored. Thinking beyond the pain of this issue, you can see that there are important, life-altering impacts that can make each day more challenging.
There are some instances in which nerve damage can come from medical malpractice. It can come from improper procedures during a surgery, traumatic injuries, improperly managed diabetes or exposure to toxins. No matter what the cause of peripheral nerve damage, finding relief is a priority.
What are peripheral nerves?
Peripheral nerves send information from the spinal cord and brain to other areas of the body. These nerves can control senses, motor skills and autonomic bodily functions.
What does peripheral nerve damage do?
The results of peripheral nerve damage depend on the type of damage that is done and to which nerves. Your hands and feet might get numb and start to tingle. This is sort of like the feeling you get when they “fall asleep.” In the case of peripheral nerve damage, this feeling won’t go away. It persists.
Peripheral nerve damage can make it difficult to feel hot and cold. When your hands are impacted, you might realize that you don’t feel the heat off of pots on the stove, which might lead to burning yourself. On the other end of the spectrum, the lack of feeling cold could lead to frostbite in the frigid winter months.
Peripheral nerve damage might also lead to being unable to have full function of the areas impacted by your body. This is common if the motor nerves are affected.
What complications can result from peripheral nerve damage?
There are a few different complications that can occur when you have peripheral nerve damage. Falls are troubling because you can suffer from other injuries when you fall.
Falling due to peripheral nerve damage is usually because you don’t have sensation in necessary areas, such as the feet. It might also be due to the weakness caused by the nerve damage.
You might suffer from infections due to the issue. Commonly, these occur in the feet. You might suffer from a cut or other injury without knowing it if you have sensory nerve damage in the area. Wounds that aren’t attended to can lead to infections that might spread.
Burns are also possible because of the inability to feel temperature changes. Other skin trauma, such as bruising, might occur if you can’t feel a part of the body due to numbness.