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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (46) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (23) Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (10)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (3)
2 more

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

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (46) Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Migraine headaches
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Acid reflux 1 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (23) Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Weight gain 11 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Daytime sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (10)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Itching 5 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (18) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Morning nausea Tiredness increased 1 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Dry mouth 3 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Impulsive behaviors 2 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (3)
2 more

Data from patients with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, 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 Myofascial Pain Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 53
30s 166
40s 295
50s 264
60s 83
70+ 14

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 72
20-29 years 122
30-39 years 170
40-49 years 98
50-59 years 40
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 559
Not Diagnosed 90

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