Failed back syndrome

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What is failed back syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome is a generalized term that is often used to describe the condition of patients who have not had a successful result with back surgery or spine surgery and have experienced continued pain after surgery.

Common symptoms reported by people with failed back 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 failed back syndrome

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
failed back syndrome (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) failed back syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4
Tried for
failed back syndrome (2) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

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

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for failed back syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
back pain increased pain and soreness immediately after the massage 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
failed back syndrome (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog blurry vision 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4) failed back syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
stiffness balance problems 13 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for failed back syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
muscle spasms legs tingling
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
failed back syndrome (2) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty chest pain 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation projectile vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 24
40s 77
50s 136
60s 78
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 38
40-49 years 48
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

79% Female
21% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 171
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from failed back syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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