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
12
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (11) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (7) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (8) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (6) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)

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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (11) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (7) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dreams 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (8) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (5) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic neuralgia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation crawling sensations in skin 11 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
chronic neuralgia (6) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
side effects when dose skipped
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
head pain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux deep itching 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
  • 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 21
30s 60
40s 111
50s 126
60s 68
70+ 27
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 35
30-39 years 86
40-49 years 49
50-59 years 24
60-69 years 1
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 225
Not Diagnosed 49

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