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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (34) chronic pain syndrome (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (32) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
depressed mood (17) chronic pain syndrome (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (20) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 26 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (34) chronic pain syndrome (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (32) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sweating increased weight gain 14 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (17) chronic pain syndrome (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (20) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy nose blurry vision 8 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizzy spells 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with nausea gastrointestinal bleeding 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (13)
  • 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 20
20s 156
30s 539
40s 1058
50s 1372
60s 878
70+ 222
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 235
20-29 years 439
30-39 years 562
40-49 years 404
50-59 years 161
60-69 years 30
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 792
Female 3452

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2146
Not Diagnosed 359

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