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

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
113
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (100) pain (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21) depressed mood (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (30) pain (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (25) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (25)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (12) 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)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (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 (60 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 29 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (100) pain (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 24 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21) depressed mood (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 14 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (30) pain (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 30 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (22) peripheral neuropathy (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (25) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (21) peripheral neuropathy (1)
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 (12) 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)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lightheadedness 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (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 57
30s 247
40s 618
50s 1,163
60s 1,229
70+ 875
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 165
30-39 years 383
40-49 years 552
50-59 years 492
60-69 years 201
70+ years 54

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,264
Female 2,950

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,322
Not Diagnosed 131

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