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
85
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (73) pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (20) depressed mood (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (18)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)
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)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (6)
1 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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (56 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue blurry vision 23 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (73) pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (22 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation nausea 16 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (20) depressed mood (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 26 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (23) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction alternating constipation and diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (19) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased sleepiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness upset stomach
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (13)
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)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (6)
1 more
  • 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 62
30s 255
40s 629
50s 1219
60s 1286
70+ 994
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 171
30-39 years 400
40-49 years 567
50-59 years 504
60-69 years 205
70+ years 54

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1348
Female 3125

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2402
Not Diagnosed 134

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