Common Ailments of the Nervous System

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The ailments of the nervous system are mostly serious and could result to paralysis or behavioral disturbances.

The nervous system acts as the coordinator to the different systems in the body. Just like any other system in the body, the nervous system has different disorders most of which are very serious.

Here are some of the common ailments of the nervous system.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder caused by damage to the brain resulting to a lack of balance and usually impaired speech. This disorder is often associated with other mental problems.

Cerebral Palsy usually occurs with people that are born with this disease. Most recent research believes that these brain injuries occur during delivery and birthing complications. Some of the known risk factors include abuse during pregnancy, accidents, medical malpractice, negligence, and infections. Cerebral Palsy is usually non life-threatening, and can be managed. For more information, you can visit the Cerebral Palsy website.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system where the myelin sheaths covering the axons of the neurons in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This results in the weakening of the muscles thereby affecting the function of the nerves. The cause of this nerve damage is unknown. The symptoms include slurred speech, weakness of the muscles and shaky movements of the limbs.


Encephalitis is caused by a virus attacking the brain. This results in the inflammation of the brain. If this happens the person affected will have headache and fever. Later symptoms are behavioral disturbances and problems in speech and memory. This ailment can be treated with antiviral drugs, but the patient must seek medical treatment right away.

Encephalitis can be caused by several conditions, including mosquito bites, several types of herpes viruses and tick borne illnesses, though the exact cause is still not known. Always seek medical attention when you are affected with the above symptoms.

Parkinson’s Disease

This is associated with aging. The most common symptom is tremor that starts from one hand then slowly spreads to the legs on the same side.

There are promising medical results using stem cell research in helping those with Parkinson’s Disease. One of the best know actors that has Parkinson’s Disease is Michael J. Fox, and, you can go to his web site for a great deal of updated information.

Brain Tumor

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth in the brain. The symptoms include muscle weakness and speech difficulty. The tumor needs to be destroyed before it spreads.


Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges that cover the brain and spinal cord. It is caused by a virus or bacteria. The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, a stiff neck, the inability to look down or around and fever. This ailment could be treated with antibiotics.

Bacterial meningitis is contagious and is a very serious illness that needs to be treated right away. Viral meningitis is not contagious, but still very painful and requires a doctor’s attention usually. Only bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics, while viral meningitis requires bed rest until the condition subsides.

Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a form of Neuritis that involves paralysis of the facial nerve. This affects the muscles of one side of the face resulting in the inability to close the cause of the ailment is unknown.


Sciatica can happen in some of the simplest of situations, like sneezing wrong while sitting in your chair, turning around quickly, and just twisting. Many chiropractors also report that some of their patients do injure their sciatic nerve by sneezing while sitting in their office chair with their feet up or even something as simple as twisting to get toilet paper while sitting on the toilet.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in our body. The sciatic nerve runs from the left foot all the way around through our lower back, down to the right foot. If an injury occurs in the sciatic nerve, the patient will notice many different ailments. These symptoms will include:

  • Numbness in the back of the leg, thigh and calf.
  • Atrophy of the muscles, making it hard to even left one of their feet.
  • No muscle tone, atrophy of the muscles.
  • And pain at the point of injury, which is usually in the lower left side or right side of the back, where the back meets the hip.

When someone hurts their sciatic nerve, the best treatment is an icepack on the injured area and to go to a chiropractor and or sports medicine professional. Taking pain pills is always discouraged as they can hinder the healing process, plus other dangers like addiction.


The ailments that affect the nervous system are usually serious and can result in paralysis and behavioral disturbances. The modern technology has come up with a lot of new methods in treating different types of ailments of the nervous system. Physical therapy is also very helpful in reviving nerves that are starting to malfunction.

As you can see, our body’s nerves and nervous system communicates with the brain relaying pain and many other signals. When there is pain, we must pay attention.


Posted on Aug 19, 2011
Jessie Agudo
Posted on Mar 24, 2011