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

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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
119
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (108) pain (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (34) pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (19)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (26) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (14) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)

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 (53 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 29 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (108) pain (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (34) pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 23 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (20) peripheral neuropathy (19)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness apathy 30 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (26) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (14) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lightheadedness 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (11) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness increased
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
  • 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 3
20s 62
30s 239
40s 610
50s 1,160
60s 1,182
70+ 818
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 156
30-39 years 381
40-49 years 545
50-59 years 487
60-69 years 198
70+ years 52

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,146
Not Diagnosed 131

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