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 with diabetic neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (20) nerve pain (neuralgia) (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (10) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (8) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with diabetic neuropathy, who reported starting treatments within 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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) dizziness and feeling faint 6 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (20) nerve pain (neuralgia) (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 32 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (10) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (5 evaluations)
Side effects
falls weight gain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (8) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
functional constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 53
30s 141
40s 772
50s 2101
60s 2605
70+ 1065
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 243
50-59 years 206
60-69 years 63
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2346
Female 4484

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 892
Not Diagnosed 88

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