Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic local or regional musculoskeletal pain disorder that may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. The pain may be of a burning, stabbing, aching or nagging quality.

Common symptoms reported by people with Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Common symptoms
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Type
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Treatment name(s)

(Balance and gait training, Bed Body Movement w/PT, Exercise machines) 10 more
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (45) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Acetaminophen cream, Alvedon, Atasol-500) 36 more
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(APO-Cyclobenzaprine, Amrix, Fexmid) 3 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (24) Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (19) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(APO-Gabapentin, DOM-Gabapentin, Epleptin) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (9)
4 more
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(Anexsia, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet Plus) 13 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
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(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Insomnia (11) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Aromatherapy massage, Arthrosage, Cranio Facial Massage therapy) 10 more
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (9) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)

Data from patients with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Balance and gait training, Bed Body Movement w/PT, Exercise machines) 10 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (45) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Acetaminophen cream, Alvedon, Atasol-500) 36 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Migraine headaches
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(APO-Cyclobenzaprine, Amrix, Fexmid) 3 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Acid reflux 1 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (24) Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Itching 5 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (19) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(APO-Gabapentin, DOM-Gabapentin, Epleptin) 7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Weight gain 11 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime sleepiness Drowsiness 10 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (9)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Anexsia, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet Plus) 13 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Dry mouth 2 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Insomnia (11) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Morning nausea Tiredness increased 1 more
How many evaluations
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Aromatherapy massage, Arthrosage, Cranio Facial Massage therapy) 10 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Soreness Muscle and joint pain
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (9) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)

Data from patients with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Myofascial Pain Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 52
30s 168
40s 283
50s 251
60s 77
70+ 14

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 70
20-29 years 118
30-39 years 166
40-49 years 92
50-59 years 38
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 538
Not Diagnosed 89

These charts show data from Myofascial Pain patients who have completed their condition history
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