Fibromyalgia

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as member Becca explains in this video.

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.
Last updated:

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
1,632
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1615) Depressed mood (202)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,118
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1100) Pain (153)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
839
Tried for
fibromyalgia (764) Pain (284)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
483
Tried for
fibromyalgia (323) Pain (313)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
403
Tried for
fibromyalgia (292) Insomnia (184)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
328
Tried for
fibromyalgia (220) Muscle spasms (203)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
244
Tried for
Pain (181) fibromyalgia (140)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Tried for
Muscle spasms (135) fibromyalgia (116)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
158
Tried for
Muscle spasms (146) fibromyalgia (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Tried for
fibromyalgia (106) Pain (94)
2 more

Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:

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 (937 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 282 more
Total evaluations
981
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1615) Depressed mood (202)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (571 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 240 more
Total evaluations
596
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1100) Pain (153)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (451 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 172 more
Total evaluations
505
Tried for
fibromyalgia (764) Pain (284)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (164 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 65 more
Total evaluations
249
Tried for
fibromyalgia (323) Pain (313)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (219 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 98 more
Total evaluations
333
Tried for
fibromyalgia (292) Insomnia (184)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (137 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 52 more
Total evaluations
213
Tried for
fibromyalgia (220) Muscle spasms (203)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (88 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 33 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
Pain (181) fibromyalgia (140)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 21 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
Muscle spasms (135) fibromyalgia (116)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (72 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 24 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
Muscle spasms (146) fibromyalgia (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Stomach pain 27 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
fibromyalgia (106) Pain (94)
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.
Last updated:

Who has fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 88
20s 2,040
30s 8,957
40s 23,226
50s 29,687
60s 16,861
70+ 3,229
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,886
20-29 years 8,468
30-39 years 11,995
40-49 years 8,758
50-59 years 3,047
60-69 years 418
70+ years 54

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 42,317
Not Diagnosed 2,969

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