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.

What is it like to have Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Myofascial Pain Syndrome and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from Myofascial Pain patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Myofascial Pain Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 52
30s 166
40s 271
50s 239
60s 74
70+ 13


Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 67
20-29 years 115
30-39 years 160
40-49 years 90
50-59 years 35
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 525
Not Diagnosed 83

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