Repetitive stress injury

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What is repetitive stress injury?

Repetitive stress injury is a painful condition caused by overuse or overexertion of some part of the musculoskeletal system, often resulting from work-related physical activities. It is characterized by inflammation, pain, or dysfunction of the involved joints, bones, ligaments, and nerves.

Common symptoms reported by people with repetitive stress injury

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 repetitive stress injury

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with repetitive stress injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with repetitive stress injury

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

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Perceived effectiveness
for repetitive stress injury (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness insomnia 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches lightheadedness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1) repetitive stress injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chest tightness heartache 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with repetitive stress injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has repetitive stress injury on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 11
30s 17
40s 18
50s 13
60s 5
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 35
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from repetitive stress injury patients who have completed their condition history
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