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It is the sort of thing that you should consider discussing with your GP and with a pain specialist or rheumatologist. ..
Do you know of any relationship between gabapentin and fibromyalgia?
I have recently been told that the drug had been given to patients with fibromyalgia with good results.
Is there any truth in this?
It works directly on the brain to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.
However, like a few other medications that act directly on brain tissue (centrally acting) it has been found by some specialists to help reduce and control certain types of pain.
There have been anecdotal reports of its effectiveness in reducing neuralgia or neuralgic pain – the sharp, aching or burning pain triggered by damaged nerves – the biological wires that travel from the spine into the body and limbs.
This is the sort of pain that might occur after an attack of shingles in a particular nerve (post-herpetic neuralgia), or with degeneration of nerve endings in the limbs (neuropathy) as sometimes happens in people suffering the complications of advanced diabetes.
There is no specific reference to its use in chronic rheumatic pain, such as fibromyalgia syndrome.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise if gabapentin has been tried in that context too.
Decisions about the treatment of fibromyalgia need to be tailored to the individual sufferer.
It is the sort of thing that you should consider discussing with your GP and with a pain specialist or rheumatologist.
They would have some experience of its use and more information.
The NetDoctor Medical Team