Fibromyalgia

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread body pain or aching muscles (myalgia) and multiple points of tenderness to palpation, called tender points. Fibromyalgia is often associated with multiple symptoms, such as amplified pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, stiffness, headaches, and depression.

Common symptoms reported by people with Fibromyalgia

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Fibromyalgia

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,592
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1577) Depressed mood (237)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,276
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1256) Pain (182)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
858
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (787) Pain (314)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
582
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (401) Pain (379)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
523
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (378) Insomnia (269)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
377
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (249) Muscle spasms (228)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
322
Tried for
Pain (245) Fibromyalgia (180)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
260
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (254) Pain (70)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
200
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (134)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
173
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (121) Pain (119)
3 more

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (727 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 286 more
How many evaluations
760
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1577) Depressed mood (237)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (533 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 254 more
How many evaluations
561
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1256) Pain (182)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (388 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 180 more
How many evaluations
443
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (787) Pain (314)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (162 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 73 more
How many evaluations
245
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (401) Pain (379)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (250 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 114 more
How many evaluations
363
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (378) Insomnia (269)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (117 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 45 more
How many evaluations
174
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (249) Muscle spasms (228)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 47 more
How many evaluations
138
Tried for
Pain (245) Fibromyalgia (180)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (147 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Nausea and vomiting 86 more
How many evaluations
149
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (254) Pain (70)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 18 more
How many evaluations
65
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (134)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 24 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (121) Pain (119)
3 more

Data from patients with Fibromyalgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 81
20s 1,966
30s 7,671
40s 17,410
50s 20,579
60s 10,437
70+ 1,726

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,490
20-29 years 7,765
30-39 years 10,599
40-49 years 7,564
50-59 years 2,492
60-69 years 328
70+ years 41

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 37,974
Not Diagnosed 2,802

These charts show data from Fibromyalgia patients who have completed their condition history
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