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

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
30
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (21) Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (14) Pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (8) Insomnia (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
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 (8) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (9) 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 Dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Upset stomach
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (21) Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Lethargy 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (14) Pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Weight gain 5 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (14) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Bowel urgency Dark urine 11 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (8) Insomnia (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (10) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Convulsion
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (11) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Thirst Tiredness increased
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Metallic taste in mouth Rapid weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (8) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (9) 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 5
20s 49
30s 187
40s 346
50s 340
60s 169
70+ 29
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 84
20-29 years 157
30-39 years 202
40-49 years 121
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 5
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 678
Not Diagnosed 105

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