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What is a nerve?

Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth
Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth

Have you ever realized what is responsible for your every movement and even mind? Just imagine what is happening inside your body when you are smiling, smelling a tasty pizza, or listening to your favorite song? Your sense organs send messages to a brain by chemical and electrical changes in cells, scientifically known as neurons, that make up the nerves.   

Difference between a nerve and neuron

  • What are neurons? Neurons, also known as nerve cells, send and receive signals from your brain. While neurons have a lot in common with other types of cells, they’re structurally and functionally unique. 
  • What is a nerve? A nerve is a bundle of fibers composed of neurons that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory and motor information from one body part to another.

When talking about taking care of your body, your nerves’ health seems to be the most essential point, as the nervous system manages the whole body and affects all its parts. After reading this article about the nervous system, be ready that your life won’t be previous anymore, as nerve cells do not regenerate. 

Let’s get down to the information below to discover what is nerve and get familiar with all types of nerves. Stay with us to always be aware and updated. 

What is the nerve and its function

What is the nerve and its function

Getting to the nervesdefinition, nerves are cord-like structures whose primary role is to provide a pathway to conduct electrical impulses throughout the body. It essentially relays information from one part of the body to another.

Nerves can be categorized into two groups based on function:

  • An afferent nerve fiber conducts sensory information from sensory neurons to the central nervous system, where the data is then processed. In the peripheral nervous system, bundles of fibers or axons are called nerves, and bundles of afferent fibers are known as sensory nerves.
  • An efferent nerve fiber conducts signals from motor neurons in the central nervous system to muscles. Bundles of these fibers are known as efferent nerves.

What are the three types of nerves?

  • What are autonomic nerves? These nerves manage your organism’s involuntary or partially voluntary activities, including heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, digestion, and temperature regulation. 
  • What are motor nerves? Motor nerves, composed of motor neurons, that manage your movements and actions by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles. This permits people to do any exercises and activities like playing football, or moving fingers to play the guitar, etc.
  • What are sensory nerves? What are sensory nerves do? Sensory nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. Special sensors in the skin and deep inside the body help people identify if an object is sharp, rough, or smooth, if it’s hot or cold, or if a body part is still or in motion. 

What does nerve damage feel like

  • Faster or slower heart rate
  • Problems with sweating, swallowing, and urination
  • Sex dysfunction
  • Muscle weakness
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch

How to treat damaged nerves

How to treat damaged nerves

Although treatment of damaged nerves exists and is in demand, in many cases, nerve damage cannot be completely healed. But various treatments can reduce your symptoms. Because nerve damage is often progressive, it is essential to consult with a doctor when you first notice symptoms. So do not waste your time and see the doctor to prevent forming any irreparable consequences. We prepared for you a list of powerful tips, which can meet everyone’s needs and be helpful to your health condition. 

  • Vitamins. Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are related to vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B is essential for your nerve health. Its lack can lead to significant nerve damage. While you can get vitamin B from your meals, your doctor may also recommend taking a supplement. Stick to the recommended dose to prevent toxicity and worsening symptoms.

Vitamin D can also help prevent nerve pain. Your skin typically produces vitamin D in response to sunlight. Its deficiency can cause neuropathy pain. Taking a supplement can help reduce the symptoms of neuropathy.

  • Quit bad habits. Smoking affects your blood circulation making the blood vessels narrow, and decrease the amount of oxygenated blood that gets through. Without proper blood circulation, you may experience increased numbness and pain from your peripheral neuropathy. Eliminating smoking habits can help to improve your condition. You should admit that stop smoking is the right decision anyway, which will make you feel better. 
  • Take a warm bath. Taking a warm bath can be soothing and can also alleviate pain symptoms from neuropathy. Warm water increases blood circulation throughout the body, decreasing pain symptoms from numbness.

If your sensory nerves are affected by peripheral neuropathy, and you’re not as sensitive to temperature, be careful not to make your bath water too hot.

  • Do some exercise. Regular exercise can help to combat pain and improve your overall health. Being active can reduce your blood sugar, which, in turn, can reduce or slow down nerve damage. Exercise also increases blood flow to your arms and legs and reduces stress. These are all factors that help to minimize discomfort and pain.
  • Meditate. A perfect opportunity to look at the world differently and keep calm will help you get rid of stress. Meditation techniques can help people struggling with neuropathy symptoms live through their pain. It can help to lower stress, improve your coping skills, and decrease your pain intensity. Taking a mind-body approach is a non-invasive technique that provides you with more control over your condition.

Healthy body, healthy mind, right? You should treat any strange changes in your body seriously, which can be a signal for action, as the nervous system covers the whole body, and damaged nerves may be a cause of any kind of diseases, with which you should be incredibly accurate.  Don’t take it too long, and make an appointment today!

 

Bottom Line

The treatment process is quite complicated. It requires a very high-quality preliminary diagnosis, which allows the neurologist to assess the type and degree of nerve damage, as well as the general physiological state of the patient.

At Lone Star Neurology, therapy is always carried out in combination with the simultaneous treatment of a concomitant disease that causes damage to the neurons. After a thorough diagnosis, the neurologist determines the treatment tactics depending on the form of the disease, the severity of its course and the causes that provoked the defeat of neuromuscular conduction.

Need to treat peripheral nerves in a specialised clinic or have any questions? Contact Lone Star Neurology, and our specialists will conduct a comprehensive consultation and help you solve your problem! We provide our services in different cities in Texas, including Dallas, McKinney, Richardson, and others.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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