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
1,556
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1540) Depressed mood (234)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,259
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1239) Pain (180)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
849
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (779) Pain (313)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
578
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (393) Pain (380)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
520
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (373) Insomnia (269)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
369
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (244) Muscle spasms (223)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
317
Tried for
Pain (244) Fibromyalgia (178)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
251
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (245) Pain (68)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
201
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 (119)
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 (729 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 285 more
How many evaluations
762
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1540) Depressed mood (234)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (532 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 252 more
How many evaluations
560
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1237) Pain (179)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (395 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 186 more
How many evaluations
450
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (778) Pain (313)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (159 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 71 more
How many evaluations
245
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (394) Pain (380)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (249 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 113 more
How many evaluations
366
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (373) Insomnia (269)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (120 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 45 more
How many evaluations
179
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (244) Muscle spasms (223)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 47 more
How many evaluations
138
Tried for
Pain (244) Fibromyalgia (178)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (138 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 84 more
How many evaluations
141
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (245) Pain (68)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 19 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Muscle spasms (141) Fibromyalgia (134)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 25 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (120) Pain (119)
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 1,967
30s 7,719
40s 17,421
50s 20,628
60s 10,423
70+ 1,713

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,520
20-29 years 7,766
30-39 years 10,641
40-49 years 7,542
50-59 years 2,490
60-69 years 321
70+ years 42

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 38,023
Not Diagnosed 2,806

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