Peripheral neuropathy

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral nerves are those that are outside your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may start gradually but worsen over time and may include numbness, pain, burning or tingling, muscle weakness, and sensitivity to touch.

Common symptoms reported by people with peripheral 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 peripheral neuropathy

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (35) pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (16) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (19) pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (15) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (6) peripheral neuropathy (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (35 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 23 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (35) pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (23 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation tiredness 15 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (16) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 20 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (19) pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (8 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 14 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (15) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (6) peripheral neuropathy (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (9) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness increased
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 11 new patients joined this month
  • 2687 say peripheral neuropathy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 53
30s 240
40s 608
50s 1257
60s 1424
70+ 1217
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 54
20-29 years 175
30-39 years 412
40-49 years 583
50-59 years 510
60-69 years 214
70+ years 55

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1483
Female 3349

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2463
Not Diagnosed 133

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