Peripheral neuropathy

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral nerves are those that are outside your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may start gradually but worsen over time and may 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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
91
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (79) pain (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (24) pain (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (21) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) 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
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) drowsiness 23 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (79) pain (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 22 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (24) pain (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness allergic reaction 7 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (21) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness feel like a zombie 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (11) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sexual dysfunction 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (9) 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 59
30s 247
40s 615
50s 1,188
60s 1,239
70+ 923
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 167
30-39 years 387
40-49 years 558
50-59 years 498
60-69 years 201
70+ years 54

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,287
Female 3,010

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,351
Not Diagnosed 132

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