Chronic pain syndrome

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What is chronic pain syndrome?

Chronic pain may be in one area of the body or more generalized. The type of pain is based on symptoms and underlying cause. Types of chronic pain may include myofascial (soft tissue areas), musculoskeletal (muscles, joints, bones), neuropathic (nerve), chronic back syndrome and headache syndromes.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic 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 chronic pain syndrome

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (36) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (31) chronic pain syndrome (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (22) Pain (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (25) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (18) chronic pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
depressed mood (17) Pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (16)

Data from patients with chronic pain syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic pain syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (36) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain balance problems 21 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (31) chronic pain syndrome (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness breathing difficulty 11 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (22) Pain (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (25) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (18) chronic pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 13 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (17) Pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anorgasmia 10 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itchy skin 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (16)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic pain syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic pain syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 146
30s 536
40s 996
50s 1,222
60s 660
70+ 156
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 223
20-29 years 412
30-39 years 538
40-49 years 385
50-59 years 148
60-69 years 30
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,835
Not Diagnosed 348

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