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.

How do members experience fibromyalgia?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with fibromyalgia*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for fibromyalgia*

*Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with fibromyalgia*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (53 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 49 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
fibromyalgia (90)
Treatment

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
fibromyalgia (79)
Treatment

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
fibromyalgia (56)
Treatment

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fibromyalgia (6)

*Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 815
30s 4,904
40s 17,787
50s 35,567
60s 35,018
70+ 14,350

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,026
Female 104,954