Chronic neuralgia

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What is chronic neuralgia?

Neuralgia, also called neuropathic pain, is pain in one or more nerves resulting from damage to or dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous system, rather than stimulation of pain receptors.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic neuralgia

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 chronic neuralgia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) chronic neuralgia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) chronic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with chronic neuralgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic neuralgia

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
increased appetite sedation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
joint swelling vomiting 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (3) chronic neuralgia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux deep itching 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2) chronic neuralgia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
fluid retention weight gain stiffness in jaw 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic neuralgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic neuralgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 17
30s 59
40s 113
50s 141
60s 76
70+ 31
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 35
30-39 years 90
40-49 years 50
50-59 years 24
60-69 years 1
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 87
Female 357

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 236
Not Diagnosed 51

These charts show data from chronic neuralgia patients who have completed their condition history
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