Sensory nerves are those that are concerned with everything related to the skin. They relay information from the dermis and muscles, travelling through the spinal cord and into the brain. They are primarily concerned with external sensations including pain.
Now, there are times when these sensory nerves suffer through damage, causing the sensors to go haywire. If this happens, individuals will feel several symptoms that should clue them in on the health problems.
Following are some signs that sensory nerve damage has happened.
- Pain – if there is a throbbing persistent pain in one part of the body.
- Sensitivity – the specific patch of skin feels painful when touched.
- Tingling or Prickling – this is called the ‘pins and needles’ sensation wherein individuals suffer through several minutes of a painfully awkward prickling along one body part.
- Numbness – lack of sensation on any given area
- Burning – a decidedly fiery sensation on the skin.
- Positional Awkwardness – this refers to situations where individuals become more aware of the position of their hands, arms or feet. This is usually a result of a ‘wrong’ feeling in the nerves, therefore bothering an individual without really producing any pain or sensation.
Other signs may become evident as time passes, depending on the specific nature of the problem. Note that damage is not always confined to just one nerve. Sometimes, sufferers may damage two or even three different nerve cells.
What to Do – Time to get a chekup?
If any of these symptoms are present and happening on a regular basis, this might be the best time to get a checkup. Sensory nerve damage can be undone with the right technique and quick attention. For mild problems, most people simply take a rest and let the natural healing capacity of their body to take over. Intake of specific fruits and vegetables are also done to speed up the healing process with a stronger immune system.
Another solution is to seek outside sources of nerve growth factor. This refers to the naturally-occurring protein in the body responsible for healing damaged nerves. If too much nerve damage has happened or the body becomes inefficient, the number of nerve growth factor produced becomes too low to cover all the healing. Hence, individuals should take supplements that further trigger the NGF gene to release the peptide responsible for the cure.
Although the sensations of numbness and tingling may be easy to dismiss, they could be symptoms of an underlying problem. This is why individuals are advised to seek medical help when the sensations happen too frequently.