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Vox populi A popular term, especially among those of lower socioeconomic strata for anxiety, as in she's got nerves. Cf Nerve.

Patient discussion about nerves

Q. why does ADHD make kind of an hype to children? is it a nerve defect?

A. it's a complex interaction among genetic and environmental factors causing a disorder in the central nervous system. a study showed a delay in development of certain brain structures n the frontal cortex and temporal lobe, which are believed to be responsible for the ability to control and focus thinking.

Q. What is ERD examination?My doctor want to find where is nerve is sprained. How this examonation will help? If the nerve is sprained by muscles or vertebrae what treat may be given by a doctor?

A. Sorry, but never heard of an examination called ERD, especially not for sprained muscle. Do you mean ERS?

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Q. Nerves of pregnant woman can cause damage to the fetus?

A. Well, if by nerves you mean nervousness or stress, it hasn't been proven that stress during pregnancy can cause damage to the fetus. However, stress can damage the woman's health by lowering the body immunity and making it harder for the body to fight inflammation, infections, etc.

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References in classic literature ?
Twice again it swung, and a sharp sense of pain shot through every nerve.
She snatched the bottle out of my hands--drank off another dram, shook her head at me, and ejaculated lamentably: "My nerves, my nerves
In the bottom of his heart each prayed that they might come safely through just this night, for they knew that during the morrow they would make the final stretch, yet the nerves of each were taut with strained anticipation of what gruesome thing might flap down upon them from the black sky, marking another for its own.
Nor could it guess the toughness of the fiber of the flesh, the instantaneousness of the cell explosions of the muscles, the fineness of the nerves that wired every part of him into a spendid fighting mechanism.
I lowered the gun and stepped to the corner of the cabin, primarily to relieve the tension on my nerves and to make a new start, and incidentally to be closer.
All his silly suggestions and melodramatic ideas have given me a fit of nerves.
Perhaps it is the nerves that acquire experience rather than the mind.
In the wretched state of my nerves, movement of any kind is exquisitely painful to me.
SPARSIT'S nerves being slow to recover their tone, the worthy woman made a stay of some weeks in duration at Mr.
Well, gracious sakes, she has a nerve," he muttered as he went along the street and passed a row of vacant lots where corn grew.
The telephone was, in fact, a new social nerve, so new and so novel that very nearly twenty years went by before it had fully grown into place, and before the social body developed the instinct of using it.
Looks as though he had lots of nerve, and that sort of thing.