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
21
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (17) nerve pain (neuralgia) (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (7) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (17) nerve pain (neuralgia) (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 30 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for diabetic neuropathy (5 evaluations)
Side effects
falls weight gain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
diabetic neuropathy (7) 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)

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

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
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?

  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 707 say diabetic neuropathy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 52
30s 138
40s 726
50s 2075
60s 2632
70+ 1138
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 208
60-69 years 63
70+ years 14

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2354
Female 4500

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 895
Not Diagnosed 88

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