My C 6-7 are herniated, and dscs above and below are degenerating. I have severe muscle knots and cramping in my neck, shoulders and thoratic area. I am having my husband work the knots out as much as I can handle (the pain can be excutiating.) Has anyone gone through this? Is there a muscle relaxer out there that actualy works? I have been on many- flexeril, zanaflex (sp?) skelaxin, valium, did triggerpoint injections. They help, but the problem is, the doc cant inject all the areas that cause me the worst pain at the same time. I have lidocane patches, which once the muscle knot is worked out seem to help, but even cutting them into strips I cant use as many as I need. Please bear with my typing and spelling. Chronic pain is bad today, and I'm having a hard time.