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
1,664
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1650) Depressed mood (223)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,247
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1228) Pain (170)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
842
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (769) Pain (313)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
546
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (365) Pain (361)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
472
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (337) Insomnia (239)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
350
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (230) Muscle spasms (217)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
289
Tried for
Pain (220) Fibromyalgia (161)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
201
Tried for
Muscle spasms (139) Fibromyalgia (132)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
196
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (191) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (114) Pain (106)
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 (863 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 288 more
How many evaluations
900
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1647) Depressed mood (223)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (595 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 258 more
How many evaluations
625
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1228) Pain (170)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (420 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 184 more
How many evaluations
479
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (769) Pain (313)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (158 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 71 more
How many evaluations
251
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (365) Pain (361)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (231 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 108 more
How many evaluations
355
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (337) Insomnia (239)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (125 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 50 more
How many evaluations
194
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (230) Muscle spasms (217)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 47 more
How many evaluations
129
Tried for
Pain (220) Fibromyalgia (161)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 19 more
How many evaluations
75
Tried for
Muscle spasms (139) Fibromyalgia (131)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (120 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 75 more
How many evaluations
124
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (191) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 31 more
How many evaluations
81
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (114) Pain (106)
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 79
20s 1,977
30s 8,035
40s 19,222
50s 24,137
60s 13,197
70+ 2,392

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,717
20-29 years 8,100
30-39 years 11,238
40-49 years 8,092
50-59 years 2,737
60-69 years 362
70+ years 49

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 40,078
Not Diagnosed 2,882

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