Pain

Fibromyalgia

About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia have "tender points" on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.

People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog")

No one knows what causes fibromyalgia. Anyone can get it, but it is most common in middle-aged women. People with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are particularly likely to develop fibromyalgia. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medicine can help you manage your symptoms. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well may also help.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Tender points on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt more when you put pressure on them
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Problems with thinking and memory, sometimes called "fibro fog"

Top Medications for Fibromyalgia according to our users

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All Medications for Fibromyalgia

  • Cymbalta
    (duloxetine)
    Prescription only

    Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, and may help with chronic pain. More likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink or have high blood pressure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Lyrica
    (pregabalin)
    Prescription only

    Lyrica (Pregabalin) works well as an add-on medicine for seizures and fibromyalgia, but it's especially effective for nerve-related pain after shingles. Not available as a generic, so it might be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Savella
    (milnacipran)
    Prescription only

    While Savella (milnacipran) is one of the only medicines approved to treat fibromyalgia, it can be very expensive, and requires a strict schedule to take it correctly.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Elavil
    (amitriptyline)
    Prescription only

    Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Flexeril
    (cyclobenzaprine)
    Prescription only

    Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Neurontin
    (gabapentin)
    Prescription only

    Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
  • Paxil
    (paroxetine)
    Prescription only

    Paxil (Paroxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety but it causes more weight gain, sleepiness, and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release tablet
    • Liquid
  • Prozac
    (fluoxetine)
    Prescription only

    Prozac (Fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more energizing than other antidepressants, but may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release capsule
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Fibromyalgia

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Constipation.

  • Lyrica: 8%
  • Cymbalta: 16%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Constipation

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Constipation

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Fibromyalgia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • read up on fibro
  • join an online legit fibro group
  • be gentle with yourself-it is real
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • pain medication
  • trying to get a good nights sleep. Sleep makes a huge difference in my level of pain the next mornining.
  • Stretches and staying active. Learn about it and learn how you are so you can begin to understand what will make you feel bad You will learn what helps you but it will be a lot of reading and understand what's happening for you.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • percocet
  • gentle walks
  • heating pad