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
17
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (16) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (15) pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)

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 (8 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness pain 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (16) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (15) pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constant tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog burning sensation 4 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (12) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (11) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
thirst
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (8) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling hot/overheating weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (7)
  • 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 52
30s 184
40s 364
50s 406
60s 224
70+ 46
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 89
20-29 years 167
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 124
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 5
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 144
Female 1141

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 734
Not Diagnosed 107

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