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
176
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (167) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (56) Insomnia (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (38) Peripheral Neuropathy (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (36) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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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)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Pain (19) Peripheral Neuropathy (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (15) Depressed mood (13)
3 more
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (8) 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 (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 40 more
How many evaluations
66
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (167) Pain (23)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 19 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (56) Insomnia (19)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Bowel problems 11 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (38) Peripheral Neuropathy (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) Allergic reaction 13 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (36) Peripheral Neuropathy (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for Peripheral Neuropathy (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Peripheral Neuropathy (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 29 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (19) 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 (13)
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
11
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Brain fog 5 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (8) 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 3
20s 55
30s 159
40s 438
50s 871
60s 880
70+ 529

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 41
20-29 years 117
30-39 years 282
40-49 years 415
50-59 years 378
60-69 years 159
70+ years 39

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,688
Not Diagnosed 101

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