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
1274
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1248) depressed mood (164)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
798
Tried for
fibromyalgia (778) pain (119)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
791
Tried for
fibromyalgia (734) pain (224)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
358
Tried for
pain (227) fibromyalgia (206)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
233
Tried for
fibromyalgia (189) pain (110)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
198
Tried for
fibromyalgia (157) pain (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Tried for
pain (131) fibromyalgia (95)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
fibromyalgia (79) pain (68)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
fibromyalgia (99) muscle pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
depressed mood (67) fibromyalgia (31)
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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (740 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 227 more
Total evaluations
778
Tried for
fibromyalgia (1248) depressed mood (164)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (434 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 164 more
Total evaluations
456
Tried for
fibromyalgia (778) pain (119)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (432 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 157 more
Total evaluations
483
Tried for
fibromyalgia (734) pain (224)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (111 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 49 more
Total evaluations
206
Tried for
pain (227) fibromyalgia (206)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (141 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 64 more
Total evaluations
201
Tried for
fibromyalgia (189) pain (110)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (95 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 36 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
fibromyalgia (157) pain (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (65 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 24 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
pain (131) fibromyalgia (95)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (40 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 21 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
fibromyalgia (79) pain (68)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (45 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
fibromyalgia (99) muscle pain (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 57 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
depressed mood (67) fibromyalgia (31)
3 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 70
20s 1913
30s 8934
40s 24911
50s 34719
60s 22339
70+ 5214
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6316
20-29 years 9397
30-39 years 13416
40-49 years 9960
50-59 years 3484
60-69 years 496
70+ years 66

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3639
Female 94955

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 48902
Not Diagnosed 2986

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