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
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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
33
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (26) Pain (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (16) Pain (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (9) Insomnia (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (11) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11)

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 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Pain Dizziness 4 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Upset stomach
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (26) Pain (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Lethargy 5 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (16) Pain (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Weight gain 6 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (17) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Morning nausea 3 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Racing thoughts RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 3 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Bowel urgency Dark urine 9 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (9) Insomnia (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Constipation 3 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (11) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Fibromyalgia Migraine headaches 1 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (11)

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 5
20s 51
30s 189
40s 336
50s 319
60s 155
70+ 25

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 85
20-29 years 154
30-39 years 198
40-49 years 119
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 671
Not Diagnosed 104

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