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What is nerve damage and nerve weakness. Are they both same? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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User:i just have a query of what is nerve damage and nerve weakness
User:is that both are same
Doctor:It depends
User:oh k
Doctor:Actually nerve damage ( which can occur due to trauma or toxins or some diseases) leads to a decrease in the function of nerves
Doctor:This leads to symptoms like motor involvement (which means you cant move the affected part) and sensory involvement ( which means you cant feel)
Doctor:The severity of symptoms and the potential of recovery depend on how severe the initial trauma was and on several other factors
User:oh fine
User:i was having nerve twitching on back head & in stomach
User:i am too weak to do activities
Doctor:When you say twitching, what does it mean?
User:its like jerk
Doctor:Like what we feel in the eyes?
User:yes exactly
Doctor:What is your height and weight, XXXXXXX
User:my height (not exact ) 150
User:and weight 60
Doctor:when you say you are too weak, does it mean that you are tired all the time?
User:am tired all the time
Doctor:how old are you ?
User:my throat and moth are dry always
Doctor:Are you constantly under a lot of stress?
Doctor:are you sure?
Doctor:Do you worry too much or are a nervous person or anything like that
User:some times
Doctor:also tell me about your general lifestyle, dietary habits
User:i dont have proper food in the morning
User:in noon and night i have a good food
Doctor:what about exercise?
User:i am doing excersice
Doctor:how much time?
User:half an hour
Doctor:do you smoke or consume alcohol or drink lots of coffee
User:will have tea only
User:no smoking and alcohol
Doctor:how many cups of tea in a day?
Doctor:From what it looks like XXXXXXX you have a possible anxiety disorder
Doctor:which could be related to the worrying excessively
Doctor:bad dietary habits also contribute
Doctor:I would suggest 2 things to start with
Doctor:I want you to do some pranayama
Doctor:every day for atleast 5-15 minutes
Doctor:I also want you to do some yoga
User:am doing yoga
User:and pranayama also
Doctor:then I suggest that you see a physician XXXXXXX
Doctor:you probably need some anti-anxiety medication then
Doctor:But more importantly, it would be psychotherapy to find out what really is the problem
Doctor:Once we fix it, we can take you off the medication
Doctor:also, I want you to eat breakfast every single day
Doctor:I cannot give you anti-anxiety medication in this forum
Doctor:as they are prescription drugs
Doctor:I hope you understand
User:yes but i have buring sensation in my legs and hands
User:also i would like to say one thing
User:i was wrongly diagonised for tuberclosis and i had the medicine for some two months
User:not exactly 2 months
User:more that two months
User:after that only the symptoms stared
User:is some thing related to that too?
Doctor:anti tubercular drugs do cause a neuropathy
Doctor:when taken in very high doses or over long periods
User:is that cureable?
Doctor:You dont have a neuropathy XXXXXXX
Doctor:Neuropathy means they affect the nerves
User:i dont know
Doctor:i am telling you
Doctor:if you see your symptoms
Doctor:for you to have a neuropathy, it would mean, a lot of nerves are affected in your body
Doctor:because each region has a different nerve supply
Doctor:That is not the case with you
User:Ok what are all the syptoms of it
Doctor:You cant feel anything or you have difficulty moving that part
User:yes i have numbness sometime
Doctor:when we do a examination, it ill be clearly evident that there is problem in the nerve function
Doctor:it can happen in anxiety also XXXXXXX
Doctor:Can you believe that anxiety can actuaally case fits
Doctor:*actually cause
Doctor:I've seen it myself
Doctor:The symptoms are so varied and involve so many areas, it is surprising
Doctor:Lets do one thing XXXXXXX
Doctor:You see a physician who can examine you
Doctor:tell him you want him to examine your entire nervous system and tell you what the findings are
User:before two months i had full body check up
User:oh that would be fine
Doctor:a diagnostic checkup like a blood test or you saw a physician?
User:i saw a physician
Doctor:Once he tells you that all your nerves are fine, you'll know its definitely anxiety
Doctor:I can assure you, 100%, your nerves are fine
User:ok fine then i will see a physician
User:is physician fine or neuro is fine
Doctor:A neurologist will be better, as I think you'll believe him more
Doctor:till then try and increase the pranayama and decrease the stress
Doctor:it will help
User:sure i will do it.Ok then i will get back to you after meeting him
Doctor:please do that
Doctor:I will be happy to help you again
User:sure thanks for ur sensable answers and patience in replying
Doctor:Is there any other concern I can address?
User:as of now no
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
User:thank you very much
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