Diabetic neuropathy

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What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes that can result in serious damage to peripheral, autonomic, and cranial nerves. Symptoms may include pain, tingling, or numbness, especially in the hands, arms, feet, and legs.

Common symptoms reported by people with diabetic 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 for diabetic neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1050
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
369
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
348
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (6)
Treatment name(s)

(R-lipoic Acid)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
29
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (1)

Data from patients with diabetic neuropathy, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with diabetic neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (13 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) recurring nightmares
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (4 evaluations)
Side effects
falls weight gain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (6)
Treatment name(s)

(R-lipoic Acid)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
skin irritation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with diabetic neuropathy, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has diabetic neuropathy on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 719 say diabetic neuropathy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 48
30s 135
40s 685
50s 2044
60s 2665
70+ 1220
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 53
30-39 years 154
40-49 years 245
50-59 years 211
60-69 years 65
70+ years 14

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2369
Female 4519

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 905
Not Diagnosed 88

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