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
162
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (151) Pain (22)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (51) Insomnia (17)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (38) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (18) Depressed mood (15)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (36)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (21) Peripheral Neuropathy (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (27) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Pain (13)

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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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 37 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (151) Pain (22)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 18 more
How many evaluations
33
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (51) Insomnia (17)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Agitation with restlessness 12 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (38) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea 25 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (18) Depressed mood (15)
3 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 (36)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 28 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (21) Peripheral Neuropathy (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Bowel problems 16 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (27) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 6 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Cognitive confusion 7 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (13)

Data from patients with Peripheral Neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
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  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Peripheral Neuropathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 63
30s 185
40s 488
50s 962
60s 938
70+ 562

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 44
20-29 years 138
30-39 years 319
40-49 years 470
50-59 years 404
60-69 years 171
70+ years 39

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,861
Not Diagnosed 109

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