Peripheral neuropathy

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral nerves are those that are outside your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may start gradually but worsen over time and may 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
87
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (75) pain (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (23) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
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)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) 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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 23 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (75) pain (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (22 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) nausea 16 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (23) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness allergic reaction 7 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (20) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (9) 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 2
20s 62
30s 247
40s 621
50s 1197
60s 1252
70+ 956
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 169
30-39 years 393
40-49 years 562
50-59 years 502
60-69 years 203
70+ years 53

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1307
Female 3055

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2377
Not Diagnosed 132

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