Britney Spears reveals she suffers from nerve damage, says ‘it stings and it’s scary’: Know all about the condition

Hollywood pop singer Britney Spears recently revealed that she suffers from nerve damage that affects the right side of her body.
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Britney Spears reveals she suffers from nerve damage. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Arushi Bidhuri Updated: 23 Oct 2023, 11:35 am IST
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Famous American pop star Britney Spears recently revealed that she has been battling against ‘incurable’ nerve damage for a while. The “Baby One More Time” singer took to her Instagram account to reveal to reveal that the nerve damage has affected the right side of her body. She shared a video in which she is seen dancing to “Pumped up kids” by Foster The People in the background as she opened up about her condition in the caption of the post.

Britney Spears reveals she has permanent nerve damage

The 40-year-old said that she is suffering from physical pain on a daily basis due to nerve damage. Spears wrote, “I’m dancing in time now Victoria … yes … nerve damage on the right side of my body … there’s no cure except God I guess … nerve damage is caused sometimes when you don’t get enough oxygen to your brain.”

Britney Spears reveals she suffers from nerve damage. Image Courtesy: Instagram/britneyspears

In an attempt to explain to her fans how the nerve damage manifests, the singer described the problem as brain oxygenation. “Your brain literally shuts down,” she wrote. “Nerve damage causes parts of your body to go numb. I wake up like 3 times a week in bed and my hands are completely numb … nerves are tiny and it feels like pins and needles from the right side of my body it shoots up to my neck and the part that hurts the worst is my temple on my head … it stings and it’s scary … the last 3 years since I got out of that place I’ve been in a mild unconscious state … I couldn’t face it.”

However, Spears continued to mention that dancing helps mitigate the pain. She wrote, “It’s funny though when I dance I don’t feel the pain… it’s like my mind literally goes to a place of my inner child. And although I don’t move like I use to … I truly believe my faith in it gave me strength … by the grace of God I finally found a medication where I actually feel oxygen going to my brain and through my neck.”

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What is nerve damage and its symptoms?

Nerve damage is of four main types, and the symptoms and treatment depend on the type that has affected you, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

1. Proximal nerve damage

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this type of nerve damage is rare and disabling. It majorly affects your thighs, buttocks, and hips. It affects one side of your body and rarely spreads to the other side. Symptoms of proximal nerve damage include:

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  • Severe pain in the stomach
  • Pain in hips, thighs or buttocks
  • Finding it difficult to get up from a sitting position

2. Peripheral nerve damage

The peripheral nerves, the brain, and the spinal cord, basically form a network of nerves outside the central nervous system called the peripheral nervous system. According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in your hands, arms, and feet are injured. Common symptoms of peripheral nerve damage include:

  • Pain in both feet
  • Increased pain or sensitivity at night
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Ulcers or infections in feet
  • Bone and joint pain

3. Focal nerve damage

It is also known as mononeuropathy, this condition damages a single nerve in the face, arm, leg or torso. It is more common among adults. Some of the common symptoms of focal nerve damage include:

  • Pain behind one eye
  • Vision problems
  • Numbness in hands and fingers
  • Weakness in hands
  • Bell’s palsy (inability to move one side of your face)
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Nerve damage can cause pain in the hands. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Autonomic nerve damage

In this condition, the nerves that control automatic body functions get damaged. According to several medical authorities, autonomic nerve damage affects your body temperature, digestive function, bladder, blood pressure and sexual function. Common symptoms of the disease include:

  • Dizziness
  • Urinary problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Sweating too much
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Inability to recognize
  • Digestion problems

Nerve damage can send incorrect signals to the nerve fibres, which may affect the proper functioning of the nerve. As per reports, telling the source of the nerve damage is not always easy and can be linked to all sorts of pain and diseases.

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