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 for fibromyalgia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44456
Tried for
fibromyalgia (277)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22524
Tried for
fibromyalgia (226)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38237
Tried for
fibromyalgia (179)
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2065
Tried for
fibromyalgia (15)

Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (154 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 91 more
Total evaluations
157
Tried for
fibromyalgia (277)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (132 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 60 more
Total evaluations
138
Tried for
fibromyalgia (226)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (86 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 44 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
fibromyalgia (179)
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive sweating 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fibromyalgia (15)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with fibromyalgia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has fibromyalgia on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 14 new patients joined this month
  • 98770 say fibromyalgia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 1145
30s 6364
40s 21175
50s 37364
60s 31286
70+ 10078
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6332
20-29 years 9425
30-39 years 13446
40-49 years 10011
50-59 years 3518
60-69 years 498
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3943
Female 104130

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 49170
Not Diagnosed 2981

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