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
44463
Tried for
fibromyalgia (358)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22519
Tried for
fibromyalgia (268)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38248
Tried for
fibromyalgia (227)
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2063
Tried for
fibromyalgia (23)

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 (215 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 115 more
Total evaluations
222
Tried for
fibromyalgia (358)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (162 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 75 more
Total evaluations
170
Tried for
fibromyalgia (268)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (127 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 62 more
Total evaluations
130
Tried for
fibromyalgia (227)
Treatment name(s)

(Savella)
Perceived effectiveness
for fibromyalgia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
fibromyalgia (23)
  • 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?

  • 25 new patients joined this month
  • 98763 say fibromyalgia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 28
20s 1209
30s 6622
40s 21728
50s 37483
60s 30722
70+ 9608
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6333
20-29 years 9433
30-39 years 13451
40-49 years 10007
50-59 years 3516
60-69 years 498
70+ years 68

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3943
Female 104087

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 49176
Not Diagnosed 2988

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