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
63
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (51) pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (18) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (20) pain (15)
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
17
Tried for
pain (16) 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)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (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 (47 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue blurry vision 28 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (51) pain (19)
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 (18) depressed mood (13)
1 more
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 (20) pain (15)
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 (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (16) peripheral neuropathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
5
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)

(Lidocaine Viscous)
Perceived effectiveness
for peripheral neuropathy (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
peripheral neuropathy (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (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 66
30s 248
40s 636
50s 1234
60s 1369
70+ 1111
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 174
30-39 years 410
40-49 years 578
50-59 years 508
60-69 years 208
70+ years 54

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1435
Female 3263

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2438
Not Diagnosed 134

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