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
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,855
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1839) Depressed mood (261)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,497
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1472) Pain (207)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
976
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (888) Pain (345)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
668
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (448) Pain (440)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
577
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (422) Insomnia (295)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
432
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (290) Muscle spasms (264)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
387
Tried for
Pain (291) Fibromyalgia (228)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
338
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (331) Pain (81)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
Muscle spasms (155) Fibromyalgia (154)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
188
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (132) Pain (127)
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 (799 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 316 more
How many evaluations
828
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1839) Depressed mood (261)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (593 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 287 more
How many evaluations
624
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1472) Pain (207)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (385 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 182 more
How many evaluations
448
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (888) Pain (345)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (179 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 81 more
How many evaluations
272
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (448) Pain (440)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (262 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 117 more
How many evaluations
379
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (422) Insomnia (295)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (127 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 42 more
How many evaluations
192
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (290) Muscle spasms (264)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (112 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 57 more
How many evaluations
157
Tried for
Pain (291) Fibromyalgia (228)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (184 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 100 more
How many evaluations
186
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (331) Pain (81)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 20 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Muscle spasms (155) Fibromyalgia (154)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Anxious mood 25 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (132) Pain (127)
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
<20 117
20s 2,135
30s 8,115
40s 17,745
50s 20,334
60s 9,603
70+ 1,479

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,453
20-29 years 7,720
30-39 years 10,536
40-49 years 7,516
50-59 years 2,481
60-69 years 324
70+ years 40

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 37,737
Not Diagnosed 2,789

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