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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with fibromyalgia

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1310
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1285) depressed mood (168)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
824
Tried for
fibromyalgia (803) pain (128)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
816
Tried for
fibromyalgia (754) pain (240)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
373
Tried for
pain (240) fibromyalgia (214)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
249
Tried for
fibromyalgia (200) pain (116)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
199
Tried for
fibromyalgia (159) pain (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
173
Tried for
pain (140) fibromyalgia (99)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120
Tried for
fibromyalgia (80) pain (70)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
fibromyalgia (102) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
depressed mood (67) fibromyalgia (32)
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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (763 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 232 more
Total evaluations
801
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1285) depressed mood (168)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (441 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 166 more
Total evaluations
463
Tried for
fibromyalgia (803) pain (128)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (452 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 166 more
Total evaluations
503
Tried for
fibromyalgia (754) pain (240)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (119 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 52 more
Total evaluations
213
Tried for
pain (240) fibromyalgia (214)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (148 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 68 more
Total evaluations
218
Tried for
fibromyalgia (200) pain (116)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (97 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 36 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
fibromyalgia (159) pain (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (66 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 24 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
pain (140) fibromyalgia (99)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (41 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 24 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
fibromyalgia (80) pain (70)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (45 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
fibromyalgia (102) pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 58 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
depressed mood (67) fibromyalgia (32)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 74
20s 1971
30s 9081
40s 25216
50s 34558
60s 21784
70+ 5011
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6294
20-29 years 9362
30-39 years 13379
40-49 years 9938
50-59 years 3473
60-69 years 496
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3614
Female 94549

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 48687
Not Diagnosed 2981

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