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

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

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Insomnia Nausea and vomiting
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
None Sleepiness
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime tiredness Decreased alcohol tolerance 4 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Hypertension 2 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (2) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Discomfort Electric shock sensations
How many evaluations
1

Data from patients with Chronic Idiopathic Back Pain, 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 Chronic Idiopathic Back Pain on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 44
30s 78
40s 90
50s 83
60s 62
70+ 19

Sex

Distribution of sex

57% Female
43% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 33
20-29 years 41
30-39 years 37
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 144
Not Diagnosed 78

These charts show data from Chronic Idiopathic Back Pain patients who have completed their condition history
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