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

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,499
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1485) Depressed mood (218)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,182
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1165) Pain (170)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
809
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (739) Pain (303)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
534
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (362) Pain (354)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
485
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (348) Insomnia (246)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
355
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (233) Muscle spasms (219)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
Tried for
Pain (222) Fibromyalgia (156)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
204
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (199) Pain (53)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
Muscle spasms (135) Fibromyalgia (127)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
153
Tried for
Muscle spasms (145) Fibromyalgia (18)
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 (755 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 280 more
How many evaluations
786
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1489) Depressed mood (218)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (529 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 239 more
How many evaluations
559
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1167) Pain (170)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (396 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 178 more
How many evaluations
454
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (740) Pain (304)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (152 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 70 more
How many evaluations
236
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (363) Pain (354)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (233 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 111 more
How many evaluations
356
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (349) Insomnia (248)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (122 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 54 more
How many evaluations
191
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (234) Muscle spasms (220)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (94 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 46 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
Pain (222) Fibromyalgia (156)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (119 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 74 more
How many evaluations
123
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (199) Pain (53)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 18 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Muscle spasms (136) Fibromyalgia (127)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 24 more
How many evaluations
76
Tried for
Muscle spasms (145) Fibromyalgia (18)
3 more

Data from patients with Fibromyalgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 72
20s 1,927
30s 7,629
40s 17,728
50s 21,445
60s 11,321
70+ 1,983

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,580
20-29 years 7,867
30-39 years 10,813
40-49 years 7,691
50-59 years 2,543
60-69 years 326
70+ years 44

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 38,613
Not Diagnosed 2,835

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