What happens when nerves are damaged?
You can imagine your nervous system as an electrical network that can spread the information in the form of electrical impulses, just like the electrical circuit does with electricity in your house.
The nervous system, needs to be interconnected through all the body in order to carry the information from one part to another. To make this happen, nerves, part of which are the nerve fibers - which work like “electrical wires”-, allow the impulses to flow.
If the nerve fibers, or its protective coat, is injured or destroyed, a proper conduction of the electrical message is disturbed. The electrical signal can become irregular and/or result in spontaneous and uncontrolled impulses.
When this kind of damage affects peripheral nerves, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can occur.
Symptoms can vary depending on the type of nerve affected: motor, sensory or autonomic.
Just like when your domestic electrical network is damaged and you call
the electrician as soon as possible, even more for your nerves early
diagnosis and the appropriate treatment are crucial to maintain your
nervous system healthy.
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