Myofascial pain syndrome

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What is myofascial pain syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic local or regional musculoskeletal pain disorder that may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. The pain may be of a burning, stabbing, aching or nagging quality.

Common symptoms reported by people with myofascial 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 myofascial pain syndrome

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
14
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (12) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (6) pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
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
Tried for
pain (3) myofascial pain syndrome (2)

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

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

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain temporary increased pain
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (12) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for myofascial pain syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
myofascial pain syndrome (6) pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation drowsy in morning 1 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness pain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness high blood pressure (hypertension) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (3) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 46
30s 187
40s 366
50s 452
60s 270
70+ 60
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 88
20-29 years 167
30-39 years 212
40-49 years 127
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 166
Female 1225

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 740
Not Diagnosed 109

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