Neuritis Symptoms

A Look At The More Common Neuritis Symptoms

There area number of different neuritis symptoms, neuritis being a disease involving inflammation of the nerves. Since any one of a number of nerves can be affected, and multiple nerves can be affected, the neuritis symptoms could be expected to be many and varied. This is true, although irrespective of the particular nerves involved, most of the symptoms involved tend to be somewhat similar.

Toxins, The Usual Cause - Neuritis is not a contagious disease but is rather the result of toxins that have build up in the fluids in the body. These toxins can in turn be the result of any number of causes, including poor eating habits, poor lifestyle choices, nutritional deficiencies, or simply the day to day environment people find themselves in.

The nerves that are affected by neuritis are, perhaps thankfully, the nerves outside of the central nervous system, the brain, and the spinal cord. If this were not the case the symptoms of neuritis could be much worse, but in any event they can be bad enough. It is the peripheral nerves which are be affected by inflammation, and the main neuritis symptoms are sharp pain, numbness and tingling, and a burning sensation. In more severe instances there may be temporary paralysis of nearby muscles, with paralysis of the facial muscles being one of the more common severe symptoms.

Optic Neuritis, A Special Case - When more than one group of nerves is affected, the condition is referred to as polyneuritis. If only a single group of nerves are involved the term often used is peripheral neuritis, to distinguish it from a special case of neuritis, optic neuritis, which affects the optic nerve. When the optic nerve is affected, one may experience significant vision problems, and may also experience color blindness as well as night vision problems. In the most severe cases, optic neuritis symptoms may involve a total loss of vision. This is normally a temporary condition, but there have been instances in which total vision loss has become permanent. Peripheral neuritis affecting the muscles near the eye, though not the optic nerve itself, often brings with it partial facial paralysis in which the muscles around the eyes can make it difficult or even impossible to close the eyes.

Dizziness, Weakness, And Loss Of Reflexes - Another type of neuritis is vestibular neuritis which can affect one's balance. Here, the major neuritis symptom is dizziness, usually experienced when the head is moved. In about 95% of the cases of vestibular neuritis the condition is a once in a lifetime experience, and is only temporary, though in some instances the symptoms can linger for a long time, perhaps several years. In some instances where peripheral neuritis strikes at one place or another in the body, the neuritis symptoms can involve muscular weakness and a degradation of the muscle reflexes.

Unknown Causes And Other Causes - The exact cause of optic neuritis is not known, although a viral infection is sometimes suspect, and there also appears to be a relationship between certain autoimmune diseases and optic neuritis. In other types of neuritis, peripheral neuritis, trauma is often a cause where the inflammation of the nerve group is the result of a physical blow or a penetrating wound or injury. Injuries to the joints, especially over-extension of the joints, as well as bone fractures, are sometimes accompanied by peripheral neuritis. Since toxins in the body appear to be the major reason behind neuritis symptoms, toxic substances and poisons that are introduced into the body, such as alcohol, lead, arsenic, and mercury can often lead to nerve inflammation and the symptoms and problems that accompany it.