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
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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
181
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (172) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (65) Insomnia (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Pain (41) Peripheral Neuropathy (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (37)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (36) Peripheral Neuropathy (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (21) Peripheral Neuropathy (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (15) Depressed mood (14)
3 more
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (10) Depressed mood (4)
2 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 (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 41 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (172) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 23 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (65) Insomnia (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea and vomiting 13 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (41) Peripheral Neuropathy (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (37)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) Allergic reaction 13 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (36) Peripheral Neuropathy (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 30 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (21) Peripheral Neuropathy (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Anxious mood 17 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (15) Depressed mood (14)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 6 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Cognitive confusion 3 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Brain fog 5 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (10) Depressed mood (4)
2 more

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

Who has Peripheral Neuropathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 54
30s 157
40s 457
50s 875
60s 843
70+ 470

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

68% Females
32% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 39
20-29 years 110
30-39 years 273
40-49 years 404
50-59 years 369
60-69 years 154
70+ years 36

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,632
Not Diagnosed 99

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