Diabetic neuropathy

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What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes that can result in serious damage to peripheral, autonomic, and cranial nerves. Symptoms may include pain, tingling, or numbness, especially in the hands, arms, feet, and legs.

Common symptoms reported by people with diabetic neuropathy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with diabetic neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (35) Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (21) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (14) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (10) diabetic neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Balance problems 10 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (35) Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Loss of appetite diabetic neuropathy 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (21) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (14) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Worry about addiction or dependence
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (10) diabetic neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Skin irritation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Functional Constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with diabetic neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has diabetic neuropathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 25
30s 118
40s 597
50s 1,490
60s 1,442
70+ 463
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 12
20-29 years 47
30-39 years 140
40-49 years 219
50-59 years 185
60-69 years 49
70+ years 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 746
Not Diagnosed 81

These charts show data from diabetic neuropathy patients who have completed their condition history
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