3 posts tagged “peripheral neuropathy”

Raising awareness for peripheral neuropathy, one picture at a time

Posted May 15th, 2013 by

Neuropathy Awareness Week is May 13th-17th and The Neuropathy Association has dedicated a page of its website to those who are getting involved. You’ll find images of people who are helping raise awareness at events all over the country. They’ve also created a list of upcoming events including a walk-a-thon and live Facebook chat.


Close to 20 million Americans live with this peripheral nerve disorder and while it’s most common among adults, it can start at any age. It’s frequently misdiagnosed or dismissed as a side effect of another disease like diabetes. In fact, 30% develop from an unknown cause, called ‘idiopathic.’[1]

If you’re living with peripheral neuropathy, find others just like you in our growing community of almost 1,500 neuropathy patients on PatientsLikeMe. Learn what they’re doing to manage their condition with symptom and treatment reports, and share your own experience with a personal health profile or in the community forum.

[1] http://www.neuropathy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_Facts

Share your experiences with Stresam

Posted March 19th, 2011 by

Stresam is an international brand of etifoxine, a non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant drug.  It is used to treat anxiety disorders – such as general anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder or panic disorder – and to promote peripheral nerve healing in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, two patients report using Stresam currently while two patients report discontinuing it.  The reported reasons for taking it include anxious mood, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, while the one reported reason for discontinuation is that “the course of treatment ended.”  Out of all four patients, only one reports Stresam side effects, rated as “mild.”

Given the prevalence of anxiety disorders, we know there are many others who may have tried Stresam to relieve their anxiousness.  If you’ve used Stresam, another formulation of etifoxine or other anti-anxiety medications, we encourage you to share your experiences (including side effects) to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments, interventions and lifestyle modifications that have helped you or simply had no effect.


Have you taken Stresam – or another brand of etifoxine? Join PatientsLikeMe and add your experiences to our growing body of knowledge.  Then, stay to exchange advice and support, research common treatments and learn from other patients like you.