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
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 myofascial pain syndrome

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
24
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (19) Pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (13) Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (14) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (10) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (8) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (4)

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

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain muscle soreness 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (9 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (19) Pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lethargy 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (13) Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (14) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness cognitive confusion 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (10) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (11) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
thirst tiredness increased
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
metallic taste in mouth overheated 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (8) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
soreness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 49
30s 188
40s 362
50s 360
60s 193
70+ 34
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 84
20-29 years 160
30-39 years 204
40-49 years 121
50-59 years 48
60-69 years 5
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 686
Not Diagnosed 105

These charts show data from myofascial pain syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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