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
34
Tried for
pain (34) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (17) chronic pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (17) chronic pain syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (17) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (13) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (13) 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)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)
2 more

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 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain stiffness 25 more
Total evaluations
30
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 (34) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sweating increased breathing difficulty 14 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (17) chronic pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy nose blurry vision 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (17) chronic pain syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 14 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (17) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (13) 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 (13) 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)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 10 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)
2 more
  • 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 143
30s 534
40s 1039
50s 1352
60s 805
70+ 203
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 231
20-29 years 432
30-39 years 557
40-49 years 396
50-59 years 160
60-69 years 30
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 755
Female 3340

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2112
Not Diagnosed 351

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