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Neurological Symptoms

Neurological symptoms are those that are produced se to a neurological disease that affects the normal functioning of the nervous system- both the autonomic and the peripheral. Since it is the nervous system that is responsible for controlling all the activities of the body- both voluntary and involuntary, the symptoms that are produced by its malfunction are diverse. The symptoms may be related to abnormalities of various functions performed by the nervous system that include blood pressure, body temperature, movement, sight, digestion, muscles, etc.

Neurological Symptoms that occur throughout the body:

These include:

  • Consciousness loss or faintness
  • Lethargy
  • Numbness
  • Burning feeling
  • Paralysis or the loss of sensation in a particular part of the body
  • Pain- both in the region where the cause is located and referred pain
  • Prickling or pins and needles
  • Tingling
  • Sensitivity

Neurological symptoms in the Gastrointestinal System:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Chewing difficulty
  • Digestive issues

Serious or light-threatening neurological symptoms:

There are certain symptoms that are produced due to autonomic system malfunction and these could be life-threatening. They should be evaluated immediately and considered as an emergency. If any of these symptoms occur in anyone, immediate medical care should be called for.

  • Sudden paralysis or the loss of sensation in a body part
  • Seizures or fits
  • Respiratory issues that include labored breathing, choking, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath
  • Inability to speak or slurred or garbled speech
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Loss of consciousness or alertness, unresponsiveness or passing out.

Neurological symptoms of the autonomic nervous system:

The include difficulties in a number of involuntary functions of the body that include:

  • Breathing
  • Bladder control
  • Swallowing
  • Perspiration



Some other symptoms that accompany these symptoms include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness

Neurological Symptoms of the Peripheral Nervous System:

These are the symptoms that occur as a result of either a local injury which produces pain that directly relates to the trauma or it could also occur due to a systemic disease that has an effect on the entire body. Common symptoms include:

  • Paralysis
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity
  • Pins and needles or prickling sensation
  • Referred pain or pain that occurs in one part of the body when the condition occurs in a different part the body.

The neurological symptoms of the peripheral nervous system may arise due to a defect in one or many nerves. This is called the carpal tunnel syndrome where a nerve or a group of nerves are subject to compression and deprivation of a regular blood supply. Even Diabetes is an excellent example of a peripheral condition where the high sugar level in the blood causes nerve damage. There are many neurological symptoms that arise from autoimmune conditions like Guillian Barre and lupus or they may also occur due to attack by viruses like the HIV and varicella-zoster.