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
1004
Tried for
fibromyalgia (982) depressed mood (125)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
619
Tried for
fibromyalgia (578) pain (166)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
604
Tried for
fibromyalgia (591) pain (88)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
263
Tried for
pain (162) fibromyalgia (156)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Tried for
fibromyalgia (145) pain (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Tried for
fibromyalgia (128) pain (84)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
pain (97) fibromyalgia (66)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
fibromyalgia (66) pain (55)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
fibromyalgia (74) muscle pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
depressed mood (54) fibromyalgia (26)
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 (596 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 197 more
Total evaluations
630
Tried for
fibromyalgia (982) depressed mood (125)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (349 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 136 more
Total evaluations
385
Tried for
fibromyalgia (578) pain (166)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (354 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 144 more
Total evaluations
368
Tried for
fibromyalgia (591) pain (88)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (84 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 36 more
Total evaluations
160
Tried for
pain (162) fibromyalgia (156)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (125 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 52 more
Total evaluations
161
Tried for
fibromyalgia (145) pain (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (75 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 30 more
Total evaluations
108
Tried for
fibromyalgia (128) pain (84)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (51 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
pain (97) fibromyalgia (66)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 18 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
fibromyalgia (66) pain (55)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
fibromyalgia (74) muscle pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 53 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
depressed mood (54) fibromyalgia (26)
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 56
20s 1740
30s 8364
40s 24048
50s 34771
60s 23716
70+ 5909
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6311
20-29 years 9382
30-39 years 13410
40-49 years 9963
50-59 years 3479
60-69 years 492
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3704
Female 95398

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 48913
Not Diagnosed 2982

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