Complications of Nerve Damage

Untreated peripheral neuropathy may result in permanent loss of nerve function, tissue damage and muscle atrophy. It is important to receive proper treatment and management of this condition to reduce the risk for irreversible damage and other serious complications.

Chronic pain can cause sleeplessness and a decline in quality of life. Pain sufferers often experience a disruption in their ability to perform daily tasks and may suffer from depression. Symptoms of depression include:

  • apathy,
  • feelings of isolation and frustration, and
  • memory loss.

Publication Review By: Sandeep K. Aggarwal, M.D., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Jan 2000

Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011