Monday, March 24, 2008

Disappointed

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!
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