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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,805
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1789) Depressed mood (223)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,285
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1265) Pain (173)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
899
Tried for
fibromyalgia (819) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
547
Tried for
fibromyalgia (368) Pain (363)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
456
Tried for
fibromyalgia (330) Insomnia (216)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
366
Tried for
fibromyalgia (242) Muscle spasms (229)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
Tried for
Pain (216) fibromyalgia (159)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
209
Tried for
Muscle spasms (148) fibromyalgia (132)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
176
Tried for
fibromyalgia (171) Pain (42)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
168
Tried for
Muscle spasms (156) 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 (1003 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 299 more
Total evaluations
1051
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1790) Depressed mood (224)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (636 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 259 more
Total evaluations
667
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1266) Pain (173)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (472 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 181 more
Total evaluations
532
Tried for
fibromyalgia (819) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (170 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 69 more
Total evaluations
265
Tried for
fibromyalgia (368) Pain (363)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (232 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 102 more
Total evaluations
356
Tried for
fibromyalgia (330) Insomnia (216)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (142 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 54 more
Total evaluations
224
Tried for
fibromyalgia (242) Muscle spasms (229)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (93 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
127
Tried for
Pain (216) fibromyalgia (159)
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
85
Tried for
Muscle spasms (148) fibromyalgia (132)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (113 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 63 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
fibromyalgia (171) Pain (42)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (72 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 25 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
Muscle spasms (156) 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 87
20s 2,024
30s 8,559
40s 21,790
50s 27,690
60s 15,493
70+ 2,840
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,845
20-29 years 8,376
30-39 years 11,821
40-49 years 8,591
50-59 years 2,977
60-69 years 406
70+ years 53

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 41,774
Not Diagnosed 2,953

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