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
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
139
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (128) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (43) Insomnia (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (18) Peripheral Neuropathy (18)
3 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)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (18) Pain (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Pain (25) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) 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)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Peripheral Neuropathy (4)
1 more

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 (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 39 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (127) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 15 more
How many evaluations
37
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (43) Insomnia (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 22 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Depressed mood (18) Peripheral Neuropathy (18)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 11 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (32) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Memory problems 22 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (18) Pain (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness with nausea 6 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (25) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 5 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia)
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Peripheral Neuropathy (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive yawning 1 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Peripheral Neuropathy (4)
1 more

Data from patients with Peripheral Neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
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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 56
30s 191
40s 522
50s 996
60s 1,041
70+ 666

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 50
20-29 years 144
30-39 years 348
40-49 years 493
50-59 years 453
60-69 years 184
70+ years 44

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,996
Not Diagnosed 124

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