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
36
Tried for
pain (35) chronic pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (32) chronic pain syndrome (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (27) chronic pain syndrome (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (21) chronic pain syndrome (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (18) chronic pain syndrome (5)
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 (14) chronic pain syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (16) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (13) 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 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (35) 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 (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 22 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (27) chronic pain syndrome (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness breathing difficulty 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (21) chronic pain syndrome (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (18) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (14) 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 (16) pain (3)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 10 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (13) 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 19
20s 142
30s 535
40s 1,027
50s 1,307
60s 731
70+ 176
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 227
20-29 years 422
30-39 years 550
40-49 years 392
50-59 years 154
60-69 years 30
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 728
Female 3,212

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,063
Not Diagnosed 348

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