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

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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
128
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (118) Pain (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (42) Insomnia (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Depressed mood (18) Peripheral Neuropathy (16)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (20) Peripheral Neuropathy (19)
1 more
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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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Pain (32) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (28) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) 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)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Anxious mood (13) Insomnia (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

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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 (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 37 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (118) Pain (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 18 more
How many evaluations
35
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (42) Insomnia (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 26 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (18) Peripheral Neuropathy (16)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Memory problems 24 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (20) Peripheral Neuropathy (19)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 10 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (32) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 9 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (28) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 5 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) 2 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 1 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (13) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with Peripheral Neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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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 2
20s 59
30s 181
40s 490
50s 941
60s 967
70+ 631

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 47
20-29 years 140
30-39 years 334
40-49 years 470
50-59 years 416
60-69 years 170
70+ years 42

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,903
Not Diagnosed 112

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