Nerve Damage Symptoms Checklist.
How can you tell if you're experiencing Nerve Pain? With nerve damage there can be a huge range of symptoms. The pain can range from mild to excruciating, typically Nerve Pain does feel different to other types of pain. We have provided a brief Symptom Checklist that details the most common symptoms of nerve pain. If you answer YES to 2 or more of the questions, you maybe suffering nerve pain. If you experience severe or sudden pain, please call your GP.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is typically felt in one hand, pain can radiate up the arm and occasionally towards the shoulder. Carpal Tunnel symptoms generally occur in parts of the hand along the median nerve, these include: thumb, index finger and middle finger. Common symptoms include:
- Numbness or pain in your hand, arm, or wrist.
- Tingling or "pins-and-needles” feeling.
- The pain typically gets worse while you are using your hand or wrist. Pain intensifies when you use your hand to hold an object.
- Aching pain in your arm between your elbow and wrist.
- Stiffness in your fingers (often felt first thing in the morning on waking)
- Reduced strength in your fingers and hand.
- Difficulty doing simple tasks like brushing your hair or holding a fork.
- You may find you start dropping items.
Common Sciatica Symptoms.
Sciatic Nerve Pain is typically identified by a pain that radiates from your lumbar spine down through the buttock and back of the leg. The pain ranges from mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sciatica pain has been described like an electric shock. Sciatic nerve pain typically feels different to other types of lower back pain. Symptoms may include:
- Pain in the buttock or leg.
- Burning and tingling sensation down the back of leg.
- Weakness or numbness.
- You might have difficulty moving the leg or foot.
- Constant pain in one side of your buttock.
- Sharp shooting pain that can make it hard to stand.
Some people also have numbness, ‘pins and needles’ that extends all the way down the leg to foot. The pain could also feel like a sharp pain in one area, while feeling numb or tingling in another.
When to see a doctor
Mild sciatica tends to goes away over time. However if your Sciatic Nerve Pain lasts for more than a week, intensifies or you are finding it increasingly difficult to move we recommend calling a medical practitioner. We advise seeking immediate medical attention if:
- You have sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness in your leg
- The pain follows a violent injury, such as a traffic accident
- You have trouble controlling your bowels or bladder