Chronic idiopathic back pain

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What is chronic idiopathic back pain?

Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic idiopathic back pain

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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Treatments taken by people with chronic idiopathic back pain

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) chronic idiopathic back pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with chronic idiopathic back pain, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic idiopathic back pain

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Muscle twitching
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (4) chronic idiopathic back pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
None Sleepiness
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (5) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drug ineffective
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Daytime tiredness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Insomnia Nausea and vomiting 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Anxious mood Cutting (self injury) 5 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (2) Depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic idiopathic back pain, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic idiopathic back pain on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 50
30s 123
40s 176
50s 166
60s 109
70+ 31
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 56
20-29 years 63
30-39 years 77
40-49 years 35
50-59 years 27
60-69 years 7
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

61% Female
39% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 231
Not Diagnosed 115

These charts show data from chronic idiopathic back pain patients who have completed their condition history
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