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.
Sensory nerves relay what you feel, such as
pain, or touch.The
autonomic nerves control the biological functions such
as breathing or heartbeat.The third type of nerve is a motor nerve.
many motor nerves throughout the body.The brain communicates with the body and tells
muscles to move via these nerves. These motor nerves
control moving your hands, arms, legs and feet or
if the motor nerves which control muscle movements
the motor nerve does not relay information to the
muscles they do not behave normally.
with sensory neuropathy, the parts of the body most
likely to be affected are the feet, hands, legs and
But any nerve that controls a muscle can create
neuropathy can affect the body's ability to
in the muscles of the foot and thus the loss of co-ordination
is one of the symptoms of this type of damage. This
type of damage can lead to unbalanced pressure being exerted on the
ankle when someone walks. People
with this type of neuropathy may not notice that they are walking
differently as the nerve damage can result in numbness and
diminished sensitivity. If unbalanced pressure is
exerted over a period of time it can lead to sprains.
further pressure is applied to the foot, through
continued walking, this can lead to further bone
dislocation and fractures, resulting in a deformation
of the foot known as Charcot foot.
of a motor nerve can have the following symptoms:
cramps & twitching
of muscle (muscle wasting through lack of use)
of control or co-ordination
a medical doctor suspects neuropathy he/she will
conduct a number of neurological tests to determine
the location and extent of the nerve damage. These may
include some or all of the following: :
Spinal fluid tests
of the ability to detect vibrations
on what the basic tests reveal, your doctor may want to
perform more in-depth scanning and other tests to get
a better look at your nerve damage. Tests may include:
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