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
1,817
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1801) Depressed mood (260)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,475
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1452) Pain (206)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
968
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (880) Pain (347)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
658
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (438) Pain (435)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
570
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (414) Insomnia (294)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
427
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (288) Muscle spasms (263)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
381
Tried for
Pain (288) Fibromyalgia (222)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
324
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (317) Pain (80)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
226
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (153) Muscle spasms (153)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (127) Pain (125)
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 (787 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 309 more
How many evaluations
815
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1801) Depressed mood (260)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (584 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 281 more
How many evaluations
613
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1452) Pain (206)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (393 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 181 more
How many evaluations
456
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (880) Pain (347)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (178 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 77 more
How many evaluations
271
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (438) Pain (435)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (263 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 119 more
How many evaluations
382
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (414) Insomnia (294)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (127 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 44 more
How many evaluations
189
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (288) Muscle spasms (263)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (108 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 58 more
How many evaluations
151
Tried for
Pain (288) Fibromyalgia (222)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (177 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 95 more
How many evaluations
179
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (317) Pain (80)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 20 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (153) Muscle spasms (153)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Anxious mood 25 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (127) Pain (125)
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
<20 114
20s 2,133
30s 8,085
40s 17,759
50s 20,370
60s 9,659
70+ 1,497

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,469
20-29 years 7,730
30-39 years 10,551
40-49 years 7,532
50-59 years 2,487
60-69 years 326
70+ years 41

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 37,813
Not Diagnosed 2,793

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