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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,815
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1799) Depressed mood (222)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,285
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1265) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
897
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (819) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
552
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (365)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
462
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (331) Insomnia (221)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
367
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (242) Muscle spasms (231)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
294
Tried for
Pain (221) Fibromyalgia (163)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
211
Tried for
Muscle spasms (149) Fibromyalgia (134)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
184
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (179) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
Muscle spasms (154) Fibromyalgia (17)
4 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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (1002 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 302 more
Total evaluations
1047
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1799) Depressed mood (222)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (633 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 261 more
Total evaluations
664
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1265) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (479 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 182 more
Total evaluations
539
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (819) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (171 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 70 more
Total evaluations
269
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (365)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (232 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 101 more
Total evaluations
356
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (331) Insomnia (221)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (144 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 54 more
Total evaluations
223
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (242) Muscle spasms (231)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (98 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 45 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
Pain (221) Fibromyalgia (163)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
Muscle spasms (149) Fibromyalgia (134)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (120 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 72 more
Total evaluations
124
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (179) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (69 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 23 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
Muscle spasms (154) Fibromyalgia (17)
4 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 84
20s 2,024
30s 8,533
40s 21,472
50s 27,335
60s 15,200
70+ 2,746
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,834
20-29 years 8,350
30-39 years 11,784
40-49 years 8,558
50-59 years 2,957
60-69 years 400
70+ years 52

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 41,642
Not Diagnosed 2,951

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