Insight into pain syndromes in acute phase of mild-to-moderate COVID-19: Frequency, clinical characteristics, and associated factors


EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ejp.1876
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PAIN


Background Pain has been frequently described as a clinical feature of COVID-19, and the main pain syndromes that have been associated with the acute phase of this disease so far are headache, myalgia, arthralgia, and neuropathic pain. Understanding the characteristics of pain symptoms is crucial for a better clinical approach. Methods Patients who were diagnosed as having COVID-19 using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction were included in the study. Patients were asked to complete a 51-item questionnaire via a phone interview, which included questions on demographics, acute COVID-19 symptoms, the presence of pain symptoms, and their characteristics in the acute phase of COVID-19. Results A total of 222 out of 266 patients with COVID-19 participated in the study, yielding a response rate of 83.5%. A total of 159 patients reported at least one kind of pain syndrome with a prevalence of 71.6%. Myalgia was reported in 110 (49.6%) patients, headache in 109 (49.1%), neuropathic pain symptoms in 55 (24.8%), and polyarthralgia in 30 (13.5%) patients. A total of 66 patients reported only one type of pain, 46 reported two types, 42 reported three types, and five patients reported all four types of pain. Logistic regression analysis showed that there were significant associations between these pain syndromes and a strong association was found between neuropathic pain and headache. Conclusion Pain is a frequently observed symptom of mild-to-moderate COVID-19. There are significant relationships between pain syndromes in COVID-19, which may be due to a sequence of common etiologic factors. Significance This study described the main pain syndromes associated acute phase of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and its associated features. Headaches and pain of neuropathic characteristics were prevalent in this sample.