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
1,867
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1850) Depressed mood (259)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,548
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1527) Pain (199)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
965
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (874) Pain (343)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
674
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (454) Pain (443)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
586
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (423) Insomnia (298)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
433
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (291) Muscle spasms (253)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
405
Tried for
Pain (306) Fibromyalgia (236)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
362
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (352) Pain (88)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
219
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (145) Muscle spasms (142)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
186
Tried for
Pain (129) Fibromyalgia (124)
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 (787 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 320 more
How many evaluations
813
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1850) Depressed mood (259)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (583 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 298 more
How many evaluations
615
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1527) Pain (199)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (371 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 172 more
How many evaluations
434
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (874) Pain (343)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (186 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 87 more
How many evaluations
277
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (454) Pain (443)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (252 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 116 more
How many evaluations
373
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (423) Insomnia (298)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (122 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 40 more
How many evaluations
185
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (291) Muscle spasms (253)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (118 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 56 more
How many evaluations
166
Tried for
Pain (306) Fibromyalgia (236)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (185 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 103 more
How many evaluations
188
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (352) Pain (88)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 17 more
How many evaluations
56
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (145) Muscle spasms (142)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Anxious mood 25 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Pain (129) Fibromyalgia (124)
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
<20 111
20s 2,093
30s 7,855
40s 17,027
50s 19,423
60s 9,101
70+ 1,400

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,330
20-29 years 7,495
30-39 years 10,269
40-49 years 7,338
50-59 years 2,408
60-69 years 314
70+ years 40

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 36,760
Not Diagnosed 2,752

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