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)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) failed back syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
3
Tried for
failed back syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Lyrica)
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)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
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)

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for failed back syndrome (2 evaluations)
Side effects
very tired right after treatment
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
failed back syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision brain fog 1 more
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)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
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 5
30s 26
40s 82
50s 163
60s 99
70+ 26

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 90
Female 318

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 211
Not Diagnosed 22

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