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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

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

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) Pain (1)

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drug ineffective 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
none sleepiness
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness panic attacks 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps loss of appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cutting (self injury) 5 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
  • 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 53
30s 147
40s 210
50s 204
60s 128
70+ 42
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 57
20-29 years 71
30-39 years 81
40-49 years 38
50-59 years 30
60-69 years 7
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 246
Not Diagnosed 117

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