Check your neck. It may sound crazy, but a clot in your neck can stunt your memory by preventing enough blood and oxygen from getting to your brain. At your next checkup, ask your doctor to use the other side of his stethoscope to ensure that all's clear in your carotid artery — the main one in your neck.
John A. Popp, MD
Location and Office HoursStanford Medical Center
Stanford, CA 94305
- BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts
- Brigham & Women's Hospital
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What is the role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)?
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredThe autonomic nervous system can play a key role in the generation and maintenance of chronic pain and medically unexplained symptoms because it is one of the most influential complex adaptive systems of the mind/brain-body.
The term autonomic means that the system is decentralized. There is no part of the autonomic nervous system that is in charge. The vital signs and function of the organs and organ system are fine-tuned by the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for constantly adapting the body to environmental changes, both internal and external. While the somatic part of the peripheral nervous system has charge of input (and also the output of controlling muscular function), the autonomic nervous system has output responsibilities in regulating the internal environment of your body.
Associated with vital internal functions, it helps maintain internal balance and stability (homeostasis) by coordinating activities like digestion, respiration, blood circulation, excretion, and hormone secretion. Your autonomic nervous system is always working. Since it operates reflexively and under the radar of consciousness, you are usually unaware of its continuous operation.
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How does peripheral neuropathy affect the body?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Numbness is often a feature of peripheral neuropathy, and this can affect the body's ability to protect itself. For example, you may not be aware of an injury because you will be unable to feel the body's warning sign: pain. This can lead to infection and amputation, especially in those with diabetes. Chronic pain can also be a result, too. Damage to the body's more important nerves can be even more severe. You may suffer from life-threatening complications if the peripheral neuropathy affects your breathing or heartbeat. This kind of damage may also make you experience trouble eating and digesting food. Blood pressure may be lowered, and sexual function may be impaired. Loss of muscle control may make daily chores more difficult and accidents more likely.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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