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Muscle relaxer and joint pain

New member question. Hi everyone. I was on the internet searching for answers and came across this forum. My question is: has anyone thought that it is possible that taking methocarbimol (a muscle relaxer) make their osteoarthritis hurt worse? My joints (especially my hip hurts so much now. It's nearly unbearable. I was thinking maybe the muscles are loose therefore the connective tissue is weak causing my bones to move out of place creating friction, swelling and pain. This pain disturbs my sleep terribly. I only get a few hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep can also cause these problems also so its just this big vicious circle.



  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,331

    in my experience no.....muscles relaxers will not affect arthritis pain-i have inflammatory arthritis.  methocarbimol will act on the muscles and let them stop spasming etc, the pain from osteo is usually caused from the wearing of cartilage...i would have thought that loosening the muscles would give the joint more room and thus take the pressure off the cartilage and joint surfaces and reduce the pain as well.  just my thoughts....

    if you have arthritis pain it's worth seeing a rheumatologist.....or your general doctor and seeing if a course of antiinflammatories or even just tylenol (acetaminophen) would help. 

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,587


    Welcome to Spine-Health

    I agree with WLLady. I take methocarbimol and have osteo and RA. I also take a low dose of anti inflammatory meds every day.
    Talk to your doctor and gt the right testing for your arthritis and inflammation.

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