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
1,486
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1471) Depressed mood (223)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,186
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1168) Pain (173)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
830
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (758) Pain (311)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
549
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (359)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
502
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (365) Insomnia (258)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
361
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (237) Muscle spasms (220)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
296
Tried for
Pain (229) Fibromyalgia (163)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
224
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (219) Pain (60)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
Muscle spasms (135) Fibromyalgia (128)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
161
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (114) Pain (109)
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 (710 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 274 more
How many evaluations
741
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1472) Depressed mood (223)
8 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (507 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 245 more
How many evaluations
538
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1169) Pain (174)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (398 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 185 more
How many evaluations
454
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (757) Pain (310)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (150 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 68 more
How many evaluations
233
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (371) Pain (359)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (245 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 110 more
How many evaluations
367
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (365) Insomnia (258)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (121 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 51 more
How many evaluations
185
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (237) Muscle spasms (220)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 47 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
Pain (230) Fibromyalgia (164)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (128 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Nausea and vomiting 76 more
How many evaluations
131
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (219) Pain (60)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 17 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Muscle spasms (135) Fibromyalgia (128)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 25 more
How many evaluations
75
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (114) Pain (109)
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 77
20s 1,927
30s 7,601
40s 17,373
50s 20,668
60s 10,679
70+ 1,806

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,533
20-29 years 7,786
30-39 years 10,677
40-49 years 7,566
50-59 years 2,494
60-69 years 321
70+ years 43

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 38,135
Not Diagnosed 2,815

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