Chronic idiopathic back pain

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What is chronic idiopathic back pain?

Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic idiopathic back pain

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 idiopathic back pain

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)

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

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

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic back pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
unintentional weight loss
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
euphoria irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth gastroesophageal reflux disease
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 656 say chronic idiopathic back pain is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 56
30s 188
40s 282
50s 340
60s 244
70+ 117
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 72
20-29 years 89
30-39 years 101
40-49 years 51
50-59 years 33
60-69 years 12
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 428
Female 817

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 437
Not Diagnosed 119

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