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
1,559
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1528) depressed mood (202)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,030
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1011) pain (149)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
909
Tried for
fibromyalgia (839) pain (275)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
449
Tried for
fibromyalgia (277) pain (277)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
303
Tried for
fibromyalgia (249) pain (143)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
fibromyalgia (189) pain (112)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
205
Tried for
pain (165) fibromyalgia (122)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
145
Tried for
fibromyalgia (103) pain (85)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
fibromyalgia (118) pain (31)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
depressed mood (81) fibromyalgia (39)
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 (874 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 256 more
Total evaluations
939
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1528) depressed mood (202)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (526 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 199 more
Total evaluations
548
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1011) pain (149)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (472 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 172 more
Total evaluations
532
Tried for
fibromyalgia (839) pain (275)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (159 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea drowsiness 65 more
Total evaluations
259
Tried for
fibromyalgia (277) pain (277)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (172 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 74 more
Total evaluations
244
Tried for
fibromyalgia (249) pain (143)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (129 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 40 more
Total evaluations
168
Tried for
fibromyalgia (189) pain (112)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (72 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 25 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
pain (165) fibromyalgia (122)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (52 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 29 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
fibromyalgia (103) pain (85)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (73 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive sweating 46 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
fibromyalgia (118) pain (31)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 62 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
depressed mood (81) fibromyalgia (39)
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 93
20s 2,019
30s 9,239
40s 24,720
50s 32,671
60s 19,645
70+ 4,147
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6,246
20-29 years 9,259
30-39 years 13,207
40-49 years 9,814
50-59 years 3,441
60-69 years 490
70+ years 64

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3,424
Female 89,424

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 47,828
Not Diagnosed 2,967

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