Unfortunately, it looks like the two new medications for fibro may not be of any use to me. It seems that there has not been any further development of anti-epileptic or nerve-relaxant medications for fibro. Most of the recent developments focus on anti-depressants and anti-inflammatories, both of which are essentially useless to me.
Duloxetine and milnacipran, proposed by the specialist, are based on anti-depressants. One in particular works very similarly to Effexor - a nightmare medication to stop. Three months of gradual dose reduction and another 2 months to get past the withdrawal effects (constant mini-black outs). Not something I ever want to repeat!
Most of the anti-depressants I have trialled do nothing or instead, worsen symptoms, and all seem to have awful side effects. Then there are the ones I'm allergic to. Yay.
I will stick with the tiny dose of gabapentin, the only thing that keeps me asleep at night. Strangely, my borg body has not yet adapted to this tiny dose!