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
1,806
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1790) Depressed mood (219)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,279
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1259) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
889
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (810) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
550
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (369) Pain (364)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
461
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (330) Insomnia (221)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
367
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (241) Muscle spasms (230)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
295
Tried for
Pain (222) Fibromyalgia (164)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
Muscle spasms (149) Fibromyalgia (133)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
183
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (178) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
Muscle spasms (154) Fibromyalgia (17)
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 (998 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 301 more
Total evaluations
1042
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1790) Depressed mood (219)
9 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (629 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 260 more
Total evaluations
660
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (1259) Pain (175)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (469 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 180 more
Total evaluations
530
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (810) Pain (318)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (170 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 70 more
Total evaluations
268
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (369) Pain (364)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (231 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 101 more
Total evaluations
354
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (330) Insomnia (221)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (144 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 54 more
Total evaluations
223
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (241) Muscle spasms (230)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (98 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 45 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
Pain (222) Fibromyalgia (164)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
Muscle spasms (149) Fibromyalgia (133)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fibromyalgia (117 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Headaches 71 more
Total evaluations
121
Tried for
Fibromyalgia (178) Pain (46)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Muscle spasms (69 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 23 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
Muscle spasms (154) Fibromyalgia (17)
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 84
20s 2,014
30s 8,501
40s 21,330
50s 27,190
60s 15,135
70+ 2,730
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,832
20-29 years 8,340
30-39 years 11,759
40-49 years 8,540
50-59 years 2,949
60-69 years 399
70+ years 52

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 41,580
Not Diagnosed 2,947

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