6. Overactive Bladder
When suffering from nerve damage, your bladder may become overactive and you may have to go to the bathroom a lot.
A good number of muscles and nerves must work together for the bladder to hold urine until you are ready to empty it. Nerve messages go back and forth between the brain and the muscles that control bladder emptying.
When there is some kind of nerve damage, the muscles may not be able to tighten or relax at the right time. Moreover, damaged nerves can give your bladder faulty messages, so you feel like you have to use the bathroom more often.
Women who have given birth to a child vaginally or people who have diabetes can also have bladder problems.
7. Intense Headaches
If you are experiencing brief, severe headaches that feel like electric shocks, it could be a sign of nerve damage.
In fact, you may be suffering from something called occipital neuralgia, a condition that can occur when a nerve in your neck gets pinched. This can be due to inflammation in one of the 12 cranial nerves coming from the brain that control the muscles and carry sensory signals to and from the head and neck.
In this case, the pain will be felt along the upper neck and back of the head. The pain may be described as throbbing, aching, burning, or sharp and stabbing.
8. Loss of Balance
Another common sign of nerve damage is the loss of balance. You must not ignore this sign, as it will increase your risk of falling and getting injured.
When the nerves that control sensations are damaged, it can lead to a lack of coordination between your brain signals and body movements. This failure to sense the position of your body can lead to falls and more frequent injuries.
Loss of balance can also be due to a condition like Parkinson’s, in which the nerve cells in your brain have become damaged.
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