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
59
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (49) pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21) pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (17) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (19) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (13) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (7) peripheral neuropathy (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)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
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
9
Tried for
pain (9)

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 (43 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue blurry vision 26 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (49) pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (6 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle spasms brain fog 19 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (21) pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (22 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation nausea 15 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (17) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (19) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 4 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (13) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (7) peripheral neuropathy (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)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness migraine 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
12
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 (9)
  • 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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 60
30s 249
40s 625
50s 1263
60s 1394
70+ 1170
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 174
30-39 years 412
40-49 years 582
50-59 years 510
60-69 years 210
70+ years 55

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1471
Female 3324

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2455
Not Diagnosed 133

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