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
1,785
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1771) Depressed mood (228)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,280
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1259) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
886
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (806) Pain (322)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
554
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (375) Pain (364)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
471
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (335) Insomnia (231)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
368
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (244) Muscle spasms (225)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
297
Tried for
Pain (223) Fibromyalgia (163)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
Muscle spasms (147) Fibromyalgia (136)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
185
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (180) Pain (45)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Tried for
Muscle spasms (152) Fibromyalgia (18)
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 (965 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 302 more
Total evaluations
1009
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1770) Depressed mood (227)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (628 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 260 more
Total evaluations
658
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1258) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (451 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 177 more
Total evaluations
514
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (806) Pain (321)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (168 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 71 more
Total evaluations
266
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (375) Pain (364)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (233 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 104 more
Total evaluations
356
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (335) Insomnia (231)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (138 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 52 more
Total evaluations
213
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (244) Muscle spasms (225)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (97 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 46 more
Total evaluations
130
Tried for
Pain (223) Fibromyalgia (163)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
Muscle spasms (148) Fibromyalgia (136)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (117 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 75 more
Total evaluations
121
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (180) Pain (45)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (71 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 23 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
Muscle spasms (152) Fibromyalgia (18)
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 85
20s 2,010
30s 8,392
40s 20,854
50s 26,546
60s 14,763
70+ 2,661
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,807
20-29 years 8,288
30-39 years 11,639
40-49 years 8,456
50-59 years 2,901
60-69 years 394
70+ years 51

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 41,258
Not Diagnosed 2,932

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