Resource Directory

Fibromyalgia Resources

By Quinn Phillips

Figuring out how to treat and manage your fibromyalgia can be confusing and stressful. Here are some sources of information and support that may make your life a bit easier.


National Fibromyalgia Association

This group works to promote awareness of fibromyalgia and foster community among people with the condition.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

This group aims to promote support, advocacy, education, and research on fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

International Support Fibromyalgia Network

This new non-profit organization is developing programs focusing on medical education, adolescents, veterans, families, men, and advocacy training.

American College of Rheumatology

This medical organization promotes education, treatment, and research on rheumatologic conditions, including providing information on fibromyalgia.

American Chronic Pain Association

This group provides support and education in pain management skills to people with chronic, painful conditions, their families, and their healthcare providers. It provides tools to track fibromyalgia symptoms and communicate how you’re feeling to others.

Statistics and Facts

Fibromyalgia 101 — ACPA

This booklet from the American Chronic Pain Association describes the prevalence, origins, and symptoms of fibromyalgia, as well as how to manage your treatment expectations and deal with pain.

What Is Fibromyalgia? — NIH

This booklet from the National Institutes of Health provides an overview of the condition, including statistics, treatments, and ongoing research.

Prevalence — NFA

This page from the National Fibromyalgia Association provides basic statistics on fibromyalgia, as well as information geared toward women, men, and children with the condition.

Fibromyalgia — ACR

This page from the American College of Rheumatology includes “Fast Facts” on the condition, as well as detailed descriptions of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.

Medications and Therapies

Living With Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain — FDA

This page from the US Food and Drug Administration gives an overview of approved treatments for fibromyalgia, as well as how they fit into the broader picture of the condition.

What Is Cymbalta (Duloxetine)?

This article describes an FDA-approved drug for fibromyalgia, which works by changing brain chemicals that control pain.

What Is Savella (Milnacipran)?

This article describes another FDA-approved treatment, which works in a similar manner.

What Is Lyrica (Pregabalin)?

This article describes a third FDA-approved fibromyalgia drug, which works by blocking the activity of nerve cells that play a role in pain transmission.

What Is Tramadol (Ultram)?

This article describes a prescription pain reliever that is sometimes used by people with fibromyalgia.

What Is Acetaminophen (Tylenol)?

This article describes an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever and fever reducer that many people with fibromyalgia use.

What Is Ibuprofen (Advil)?

This article describes another OTC pain reliever commonly used by people with fibromyalgia, which belongs to the drug family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Is Naproxen (Aleve)?

This article describes yet another OTC pain reliever often used by people with fibromyalgia, which also belongs to the NSAID family.

Support Groups

Find a Support Group — NFMCPA

This page from the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association provides links to local support groups throughout the United States.

Living With Fibro

This online support group provides a forum to discuss a range of topics and concerns, from changing symptoms to social and workplace concerns.

Men With Fibromyalgia

This online group offers men with fibromyalgia the opportunity to share their stories and support one another.

Clinical Trials

This website provides a searchable database of clinical trials nationwide, including those related to fibromyalgia.


This publisher provides information about clinical trials in a variety of formats to both doctors and patients.