Saying Goodbye to Gabapentin

Saying Goodbye to Gabapentin
About 10 years ago, when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I had more issues with fatigue than pain. I'm fairly certain that's because I had systemic exertion intolerance disease as well, which I was unaware of at the time. When I began experiencing increased pain, my rheumatologist prescribed pregabalin. Unfortunately, that medication made me feel worse, so I was switched to gabapentin.  I've used gabapentin for many years, with a relatively low dose at bedtime and during the day if my pain was intolerable. I've never been a fan of taking medications unless they are lifesaving. My thyroid medications are nonnegotiable, for example. I wanted to see if I could manage with one less medication in my arsenal, so I decided to taper off my gabapentin. I've been off it now for over a week, and while my pain is the same, I'm struggling to fall asleep at night. I didn't realize how much my ability to fall asleep was dependent on the gabapentin. I hope that as time goes on, this will improve. In a discussion on the Mayo Clinic's website, Dr. Kevin C. Fleming notes that anti-seizure medications like gabapentin and pregabalin often are used to treat chronic pain. "Both drugs work by limiting the release of pain-communicating chemicals by nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord," Fleming wrote. "The most common si
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