Nerves carry sensory information and messages which trigger muscles to contract or relax. Damage to the nervous system can impact the whole body and may affect how effectively the muscles function. Nervous system related diseases cover anything which affects the nerves including Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, and Neuropathy.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a nervous system disorder where the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nerves (the ones outside of the brain and spinal cord). The attack on the nervous system results in inflammation and damage of the nerves. This condition usually worsens over time and is often treated in hospital.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the brain. Its most dominant and well-known feature is the seizure (convulsions, or fit). This condition is caused by an issue with the brain, but the reason for this issue is not fully understood. Read more for an explanation of epilepsy, how to help treat the condition and what to do during a seizure.
The word 'neuro' relates to our nerves. Neuropathy describes damage to the nerves from a number of different causes. Tingling, numbness and feelings of weakness are symptoms of nerve damage that can indicate an underlying problem. Neuralgia and neuritis also describe nerve pain, but not nerve damage. Read more about these conditions below.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease is an inherited condition which affects the peripheral nervous system (the nerves outside of the brain and spinal column). It can affect both the motor nerves (those that supply muscles and cause movement) and the sensory nerves (those that sense pain, temperature, and pressure etc). This condition comes on gradually and worsens with age.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread muscular pain and fatigue condition. Pain and tenderness are felt throughout the body, not just in one specific muscle or area. It is more common in women than men and symptoms start to show in middle age. Read more on the possible causes of fibromyalgia and the symptoms that are linked to the condition.