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
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 peripheral neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
127
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (118) Pain (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (37) Insomnia (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (31) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Pain (17) peripheral neuropathy (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (12) peripheral neuropathy (1)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 38 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (118) Pain (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (37) Insomnia (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 25 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 10 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (31) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Apathy 18 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (17) peripheral neuropathy (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Cutting (self injury) 8 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Lightheadedness 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (12) peripheral neuropathy (1)
  • 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 60
30s 212
40s 567
50s 1,092
60s 1,115
70+ 749
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 154
30-39 years 373
40-49 years 536
50-59 years 478
60-69 years 194
70+ years 50

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,112
Not Diagnosed 128

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