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
1,630
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1604) depressed mood (205)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,091
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1072) pain (148)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
896
Tried for
fibromyalgia (826) pain (277)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
470
Tried for
fibromyalgia (296) pain (291)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
327
Tried for
fibromyalgia (273) pain (155)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
243
Tried for
fibromyalgia (206) pain (115)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
217
Tried for
pain (175) fibromyalgia (133)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
154
Tried for
fibromyalgia (111) pain (93)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
fibromyalgia (130) pain (32)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
fibromyalgia (125) pain (4)
2 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 (902 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 273 more
Total evaluations
965
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1605) depressed mood (205)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (551 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 217 more
Total evaluations
575
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1073) pain (148)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (479 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 178 more
Total evaluations
537
Tried for
fibromyalgia (825) pain (277)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (165 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 69 more
Total evaluations
263
Tried for
fibromyalgia (296) pain (291)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (195 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 85 more
Total evaluations
264
Tried for
fibromyalgia (272) pain (155)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (133 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 40 more
Total evaluations
172
Tried for
fibromyalgia (206) pain (115)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (80 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 25 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
pain (175) fibromyalgia (133)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (54 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 29 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
fibromyalgia (111) pain (93)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (88 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea excessive sweating 56 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
fibromyalgia (131) pain (32)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (55 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
fibromyalgia (125) pain (4)
2 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 95
20s 2,107
30s 9,525
40s 24,929
50s 32,435
60s 18,950
70+ 3,850
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6,199
20-29 years 9,181
30-39 years 13,122
40-49 years 9,759
50-59 years 3,434
60-69 years 490
70+ years 65

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 45,929
Not Diagnosed 3,081

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