People with fibromyalgia often turn to painkillers for temporary treatment. A lot of times, heavy doses of painkillers may seem to be the only thing that can effectively relieve you of pain. But is the use of opioid painkillers for fibromyalgia safe? If not, are there other alternatives? Read on to find out.
How Do Opioid Painkillers For fibromyalgia Work?
Opioid is a type of drug that is derived from opium, thus, the name. As you probably already know, opium is a powerful and addictive substance. The substance is so powerful to the point that it suppresses the activity of one’s central nervous system.
Your nervous system consists of the networks of nerves that send signals to each other at a high speed. The drug works by getting in between these connections and attaching itself into the nerve cells, which is called the opioid receptors. This is what prevents your nerves from receiving pain signals, and thus making opioid an effective painkiller.
Opioids also target some other areas of your brain, like the brainstem, which is what regulates your heart and lungs. This is what makes them dangerous.