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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (23) chronic pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
depressed mood (12) chronic pain syndrome (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (12) chronic pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) chronic pain syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (10) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 23 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (23) chronic pain syndrome (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
sweating increased breathing difficulty 11 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (12) chronic pain syndrome (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy nose blurry vision 7 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (15) chronic pain syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (16) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue breakthrough pain 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (12) chronic pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness loss of coordination 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) abdominal cramps 12 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (9) chronic pain syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation burning sensation in skin 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10) chronic pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal bleeding stomach discomfort 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (10)
  • 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 17
20s 146
30s 525
40s 1096
50s 1469
60s 1041
70+ 310
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 238
20-29 years 445
30-39 years 575
40-49 years 407
50-59 years 166
60-69 years 32
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 896
Female 3725

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2191
Not Diagnosed 366

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