Who is now considered at risk?
It used to be that doctors thought that women over 40, and those with a family history of fibromyalgia were at risk of developing the disorder. Now, we understand that there is a complex series of triggers associated with the disease.
Women over the age of 18 with a family history of fibromyalgia are still considered to be at the greatest risk – but it is now acknowledged that men can get the disorder too. You can also develop it as a result of stress in childhood, a traumatic brain injury, severe illness and surgery.
The range of potential causes are so broad that there is no one cause to look too – but all of them do have a definite tie in to neurochemical processes that deal with stress and pain. Which is why Gabapentin may be so potent.
What is Gabapentin used for?
Gabapentin, also known as Neurontin, is a drug that is used to control seizures. It is highly successful as an anti-convulsant. It works by controlling the brain impulses and slowing down the electrical activity in the neural network.
This controls seizures, but it also slows down the impulses that work overtime with fibromyalgia to convey pain messages. One of the hallmarks of fibromyalgia is a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system.
It is a condition that is common with chronic pain ailments, the more pain you are in the more sensitive you become to pain.
That doesn’t just lower your pain threshold, but it also means that your brain chemicals to counteract pain are released in doses that may be too high. That could raise your risk of developing serotonin syndrome too – and that can be fatal.
What are the drawbacks of it?
Gabapentin is generally well tolerated by most, but it does have its own set of side effects that may not be well tolerated by some. The biggest one is the “morning fog” that many people experience on it.
If you have fibromyalgia, you already have fibro fog and the idea of adding even more confusion into the mix can be more than most people can handle.
There are ways to handle this so that you can better manage the side effects of the Gabapentin and fibromyalgia treatment so you don’t lose out on taking this very effective drug.