What you might not know is that every single nerve residing in your body has what is known as a sheath. This sheath is a layer of protective tissue that keeps all your nerves safe. The word schwannoma refers to a tumor that forms on the nerve sheaths. To be more specific, it forms in the nerve sheaths within the peripheral nervous system.
If you aren’t familiar with what the peripheral nervous system is, it basically refers to any area of your nervous system that isn’t in the spinal cord nor brain. The schwannomas can lead to various adverse effects when they develop in these sheats.
If you hope to treat them effectively then you’ll need to catch one early on. To do that, you have to first familiarize yourself with the symptoms that they produce. Without further adieu here are eight common symptoms that might be caused by schwannoma.
1. Muscle weakness
One of the symptoms that you might encounter if you’re dealing with a schwannoma. The muscle weakness may be localized to a specific area of your body or be distributed evenly across the entire surface area. The severity of your muscle weakness can also increase as the schwannoma progresses. You could notice the weakness manifesting in your legs, arms, torso, and/or face depending on the specific details of your schwannoma.
In most cases, the part of your body that experiences the weakness will be the area that’s directly around your schwannoma. You’ll notice the muscle weakness in the area once the schwannoma there reaches a large enough size for it to exert force on the surrounding nerves. Once pressure is put on the surrounding nerves, the muscle weakness will manifest. Treating your schwannoma is the quickest way to resolve the muscle weakness and other symptoms.