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Muscle spasms Help

galaxianggalaxian Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Lower Back Pain
Here I am again after some advice, after experiencing severe groin and leg pain for months, i've now (after bending down to look in fridge) got seriously bad spasms in my lower back, i'm currently laid flat out on my bed too frightened to move:( for some reason when it happened I put my arms up and now its real painfull to put them down seems to send my back into more spasms, I have various probs with my back and was due to have xray on my hips tomorrow due to the groin pain, guess I wont be able to make that appointment, phoned GP and he's given me Diazipan on perscription and told me to try and get moving (Diagnosis by phone!), Has anyone got any advice for me as i'm in alot of pain and don't know how i'm going to get off this bed.


  • I am so sorry you are suffering like this. I myself have a med that works wonderful for my spasms but you need your Dr to scribe it to you. It's called Flexeril.

    When I had my knees replaced (both at the same time ) aprox 12 hrs later they were jumping 3 to 4 inches off the bed from spasms. It was the most horrible pain I ever felt. They gave me the same med I take at home but in a shot & much stronger dose.

    Maybe call your Dr back in the AM and see if you can get a muscle relaxer.

    If you are able to get into a tub to soak or sit on a chair in the shower and let the water run down tour back. Or try ice on your back that is spasming. Heating pad. Some people (like me) says heat helps, others (like my daughter) says ice helps.

    Please keep us posted - I be sure to stop back tomorrow to see how you are doing :)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Diazepam is Valium and is used for acute/non-chronic muscle spasm. It's a pretty standard protocol for someone that has a sudden muscle spasm issue.


    I have found with lower back spasms, the more I lie around, the worst they get. Even just some slow walking on a level surface helps me to work them out by increasing the blood flow to the muscles and warming them up the natural way. With the Diazepam you will more than likely find you can get up fairly shortly.

    As Beth mentions, moist heat is a good way to help. I soak in a hot tub nightly and it keeps me moving.

    Keep us posted.

  • Thanks for the advice, after a really bad night mainly due to a bad reaction to the Diazepam which i'm never taking again , i've managed to slowly move with help from my TENs machine, my groin has now decided to join in and that pain is worse than the back spasms, i'm in a right mess, still having trouble putting my arms down due to pain, been icing not sure i'll be able to manage to get in a bath but might manage shower later with help, not happy :(
  • Hi Galaxian,

    I too have muscle spasms and take Baclofen I can say I could not get by without it,My spasms are in my left leg/ankle area.No doubt there will be various other tablets available,but I find I have no side affects from these.Go see your Doc if it gets to bad.
  • Thanks haglandc :)

    des - I agree without my spasms meds I would be non functional

    Galax - were you able to go for your tests? Did you call Dr and ask for a different med for spasms? How are you doing?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Hi again thanks Ms Humpty Dumpty for asking how I am, i'm struggling, managed to with lots of help to get the xray of hips done today, was sick and nearly passed out when I got on the xray table,I cried like a baby and felt such a fool, pain was unbearable,should get results on Friday glad that i'm now flat on my back in bed, I know its not the best place to be but its the only place where i'm not in so much pain, :( GP has told me to carry on with the Diazepam, he said it takes a while for my system to get used to it, tried another tab and again I got bad palpatations , sweats, nausea and shakes, so all in all not that good but I'm sure somewhere someones in a lot more pain than I am, hopefully day by day things can only improve.

    Thanks again for asking ;)
  • Im having spasms and Ive had spasms before but these are faster than say my heart beating after a fast run. Its like boom, boom , boom repeatdly short bursts of spasms. Its very strange.
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
  • Sorry that you both are suffering from spasms. I can relate now, as I never could before my surgery.

    I have been having terrible spasms in my lower back that seem to be making it tighter and tighter. Then I have those lovely jolts that happen(more when I am tired) that make my whole body jump.

    Galazian, how are you doing today, as I see you posted a couple of days ago. Any changes? Do you see the doctor for results of your xray today? If you are still having a reaction to the valium, maybe your doctor could try you on something else.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Hi Ouch2 thanks for asking about me, still not good, GP rang back about hip xray and good news is my hips are fine :D so all the pain I have in my groin and legs is defo down to my lower back probs,still have got bad spasms in lower back and i'm now really stiff, it's been hard to try and move about when in so much pain.
    GP is reffering me back to specialist, which when I went to before turned out to be physio, they told me to go back to GP so just going round in circles.
    I'm just taking Naproxen tabs and other tabs to line my stomach at the moment,also using my TENS machine.
    Really worried about my job too and how much time i'm having off work.
    It's good to know i'm not alone and there's people out there that really understand how truely horrible back pain can be. Love to you all :*
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