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
1,630
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1613) Depressed mood (241)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,301
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1281) Pain (182)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
875
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (800) Pain (321)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
590
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (403) Pain (387)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
532
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (387) Insomnia (273)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
387
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (256) Muscle spasms (235)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
329
Tried for
Pain (253) Fibromyalgia (186)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
274
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (268) Pain (71)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
202
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (135)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
172
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (120) Pain (118)
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 (740 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 293 more
How many evaluations
769
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1613) Depressed mood (241)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (545 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 258 more
How many evaluations
573
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1281) Pain (182)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (389 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 177 more
How many evaluations
444
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (800) Pain (321)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (171 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 74 more
How many evaluations
255
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (403) Pain (387)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (253 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 115 more
How many evaluations
363
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (387) Insomnia (273)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (120 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 43 more
How many evaluations
180
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (256) Muscle spasms (235)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 48 more
How many evaluations
138
Tried for
Pain (253) Fibromyalgia (186)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (160 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 92 more
How many evaluations
162
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (268) Pain (71)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 20 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (135)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dizziness 24 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (120) Pain (118)
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 82
20s 1,989
30s 7,674
40s 17,439
50s 20,545
60s 10,357
70+ 1,707

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,483
20-29 years 7,751
30-39 years 10,578
40-49 years 7,557
50-59 years 2,492
60-69 years 328
70+ years 41

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 37,918
Not Diagnosed 2,800

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