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
How bad it is
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Treatments taken by people with peripheral neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
142
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (132) Pain (24)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (40) Insomnia (14)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (20)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (35) peripheral neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Insomnia (14) peripheral neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (4)
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)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 39 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (132) Pain (24)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 17 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (40) Insomnia (14)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 24 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (20)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (35) peripheral neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn Burning sensation in skin 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Apathy 19 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 5 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (14) peripheral neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Cutting (self injury) 8 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (4)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 59
30s 205
40s 555
50s 1,062
60s 1,087
70+ 726
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 52
20-29 years 152
30-39 years 367
40-49 years 524
50-59 years 472
60-69 years 191
70+ years 50

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,082
Not Diagnosed 128

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