For the live-updated, interactive version of this infographic, click here.
Imagine being a woman living every day in chronic pain and being super sensitive to pressure or touch on your body. For 2-4% of the population, Fibromyalgia is part of daily existence. The ratio of women to men affected is 9:1, and there is no current cure.
At CureTogether, 376 people with Fibromyalgia have come together to share 1,567 data points about treatments they had tried and how well they worked or didn’t work.
So what are the winning treatments that patients have reported? From the infographic above:
rest, heat, relaxation, dietary changes, and Codeine
The top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so presumably if more people tried these, they would be helped (gluten-free and sugar-reduced diets, codeine).
Treatments in the lower-right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness, so presumably if fewer people tried these, they would be free to find more effective treatments elsewhere (Lyrica, Elavil).
Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 2 years now. We anonymized, analyzed, and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.
This is the seventh in a series of infographics we’ll be publishing over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and please give your feedback or thoughts on this result in the comments below – or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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