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Severe Muscle Spasms causing restriction of movement/pain


I am a 62 year old male in relatively good general health. In my younger years I was a competitive weightlifter in the heavyweight class. In my late 40's I started having back trouble with severe pain and muscle spasms that bent me over at the waist to the point that I could not straighten up. Chiropractors, D.O.'s and General Practice physicians reviewed MRI's and CT scans and could only conclude that strong muscle spasms, not any skeletal problems, were the cause of my pain. I have always had chronic lower back pain, but the spasms that bend me over occurred about once a month. Exercises and even inversion therapy was not helpful. The only relief I could get was with muscle relaxants (Flexeril, Soma, Robaxin), heat and rest. The occurrences of spasms bending me over has increased with age along with an increase in the intensity of my chronic pain and the acute pain that accompanies the spasms. The muscle relaxants still help alleviate the problem but the Soma, (and to a limited extent the Flexeril) causes me to become drowsy to a level where I cannot drive or function adequately at work. This has resulted in me taking all of my vacation during the problem days to avoid having to document a sick day. However, now I am out of vacation and still having problems. Although my employer has been more than understanding, this is becoming a more 'visible' issue within the organization.

Just wondered if anyone else out there has had, or currently has a problem similar to mine. Any suggestions as to what I might be able to do to eliminate or cut down on the number of days where mobility is an issue.

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