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)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (6)
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)

(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
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (4) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (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)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constant tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (7) myofascial pain syndrome (6)
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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation drowsy in morning 1 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (9) myofascial pain syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation excessive dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4) myofascial pain syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness migraine headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (5) myofascial pain syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling hot/overheating weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (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 52
30s 180
40s 364
50s 430
60s 253
70+ 55
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 88
20-29 years 166
30-39 years 211
40-49 years 127
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 156
Female 1187

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 736
Not Diagnosed 110

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