Your nervous system includes your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and your peripheral nerves that branch out from your spine and extend throughout your body.
Your nerves allow you to move, perceive sensations, and even control your essential body functions like respiration and digestion.
Nerve pain occurs when an injury, inflammation, or another condition compresses or damages a nerve. Some of the conditions that cause nerve pain include:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Autoimmune conditions like lupus
- Thyroid disease
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Multiple myelomas
Nerve pain ranges in severity. It is also frequently accompanied by other symptoms of nerve damage, such as numbness, tingling, electrical sensations, and weakness. You might lose your balance and coordination or become extremely sensitive to touch or temperature.
Nerve pain usually intensifies when left untreated and can lead to severe complications like paralysis or amputation.