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
1,750
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1735) Depressed mood (229)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,276
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1257) Pain (175)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
861
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (783) Pain (323)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
547
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (359)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
470
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (334) Insomnia (234)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
363
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (240) Muscle spasms (223)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
289
Tried for
Pain (218) Fibromyalgia (158)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
202
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (132)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (186) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
162
Tried for
Muscle spasms (151) Fibromyalgia (19)
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 (927 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 297 more
How many evaluations
968
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1735) Depressed mood (229)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (619 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 253 more
How many evaluations
648
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1256) Pain (175)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (431 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 181 more
How many evaluations
489
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (783) Pain (323)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (160 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 68 more
How many evaluations
254
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (359)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (229 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 104 more
How many evaluations
354
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (334) Insomnia (234)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (132 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 50 more
How many evaluations
199
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (240) Muscle spasms (223)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (93 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 45 more
How many evaluations
127
Tried for
Pain (218) Fibromyalgia (158)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 19 more
How many evaluations
78
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (132)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (121 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 77 more
How many evaluations
125
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (186) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 23 more
How many evaluations
83
Tried for
Muscle spasms (151) Fibromyalgia (19)
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 83
20s 2,014
30s 8,291
40s 20,308
50s 25,653
60s 14,166
70+ 2,534

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,772
20-29 years 8,223
30-39 years 11,474
40-49 years 8,313
50-59 years 2,836
60-69 years 379
70+ years 51

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 40,798
Not Diagnosed 2,908

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