Peripheral Neuropathy

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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Your peripheral nerves are the ones outside your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often start gradually, and then get worse. They include numbness, pain, burning or tingling, muscle weakness, and sensitivity to touch.

Common symptoms reported by people with Peripheral Neuropathy

Common symptoms
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Treatments taken by people with Peripheral Neuropathy

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (172) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (64) Insomnia (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Pain (42) Peripheral Neuropathy (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (37)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Pain (34) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Pain (20) Peripheral Neuropathy (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Peripheral Neuropathy (13)
3 more
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (11) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more

Data from patients with Peripheral Neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Peripheral Neuropathy

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 40 more
How many evaluations
65
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (172) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 23 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (64) Insomnia (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea and vomiting 13 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (42) Peripheral Neuropathy (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (37)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) Allergic reaction 11 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (34) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 30 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (20) Peripheral Neuropathy (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Anxious mood 13 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Peripheral Neuropathy (13)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 5 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Brain fog 5 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (11) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Cognitive confusion 3 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more

Data from patients with Peripheral Neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Peripheral Neuropathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 54
30s 159
40s 449
50s 861
60s 834
70+ 461

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

68% Females
32% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 38
20-29 years 109
30-39 years 269
40-49 years 399
50-59 years 362
60-69 years 152
70+ years 33

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,606
Not Diagnosed 97

These charts show data from Peripheral Neuropathy patients who have completed their condition history
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