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
25
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (24) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (11) pain (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (15) 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)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (7) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (1)

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 (11 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle soreness 1 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (24) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constant tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (11) pain (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (15) pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 4 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (14) 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 (13) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
thirst
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness soreness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling hot/overheating metallic taste in mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (7) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
  • 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 2
20s 51
30s 182
40s 365
50s 382
60s 200
70+ 36
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 89
20-29 years 163
30-39 years 206
40-49 years 123
50-59 years 47
60-69 years 5
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 134
Female 1,092

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 718
Not Diagnosed 105

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