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
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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

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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
34
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (24) Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (18) Pain (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (16) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (11) Insomnia (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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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)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Pain (12) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (10)

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

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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 6 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Upset stomach
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (24) Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Lethargy 8 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (18) Pain (10)
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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 (16) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Bowel urgency Dark urine 13 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (11) Insomnia (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Racing thoughts 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Morning nausea 3 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Constipation 3 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (12) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Convulsion
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (11) Myofascial Pain Syndrome (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Fibromyalgia Migraine headaches 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (10)

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 6
20s 48
30s 184
40s 334
50s 314
60s 146
70+ 24

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 84
20-29 years 154
30-39 years 195
40-49 years 115
50-59 years 44
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 662
Not Diagnosed 103

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