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
36
Tried for
pain (32) chronic pain syndrome (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (27) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (21) chronic pain syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (19) chronic pain syndrome (3)
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
19
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
depressed mood (17) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (14) 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)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (36) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain stiffness 23 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (32) chronic pain syndrome (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 21 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (27) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness breathing difficulty 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (21) chronic pain syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (19) chronic pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 11 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (17) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dry mouth 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (1)
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
  • 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 149
30s 545
40s 1,007
50s 1,271
60s 691
70+ 162
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 225
20-29 years 414
30-39 years 542
40-49 years 390
50-59 years 151
60-69 years 30
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,852
Not Diagnosed 349

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