The outlook for nerve damage depends upon its cause. If the underlying medical condition or cause can be effectively treated with medicine and/or surgery and severe damage has not occurred, the prognosis can be excellent or very good. Nerves that have been affected by neuropathy can take time to recover, even when the underlying cause is appropriately treated. In other conditions, such as genetic conditions, there may be no effective treatment. Severe nerve damage from any cause is typically not reversible.
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