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
122
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (111) Pain (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (36) Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (21) peripheral neuropathy (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (18) peripheral neuropathy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (28) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (21) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (13) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (10) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11) peripheral neuropathy (1)

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 (54 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 35 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (111) Pain (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (36) Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 26 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
depressed mood (21) peripheral neuropathy (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness apathy 18 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (18) peripheral neuropathy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 10 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (28) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (21) peripheral neuropathy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (13) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cutting (self injury) 8 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (10) Pain (2)
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) peripheral neuropathy (1)
  • 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 61
30s 237
40s 600
50s 1,138
60s 1,163
70+ 805
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 155
30-39 years 378
40-49 years 540
50-59 years 485
60-69 years 198
70+ years 52

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,134
Not Diagnosed 130

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