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Tense muscles

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Chronic Pain
I can't relax when I go to bed. I have to keep telling myself to relax. It's just like all of my muscles are tightening up. I take Norflex twice a day and tramadol about seven or eight a day. Do any of you have this problem?


  • I have had that problem! I thought my pain management doctor was going to think that I was crazy when I told him. It is totally "normal" for people with chronic pain to experience this. I take soma (muscle relaxant) or lyrica (nerve medicine). It all depends on if it's just my muscles bothering me or nerve pain along with the spasms/tightening. I have never taken the medication that you take, but I would look into something else for night time flare ups. Talk to your doctor. The way it was explained to me is that normally when you lay down and relax your muscles are supposed to relax. In chronic pain patients, the muscles try to relax, but are unable to because of various reasons. I have chronic low back pain so I'm sure what you feel is different than what I feel. Good luck and let me know what your doctor says.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I saw my doctor today and I told him about this and like you I thought he'd think I'm crazy (well he kind of does anyway) but he acted like its kind of normal. He just told me to start taking flexeril along with the other stuff at night. I have a lot of lower back pain (constantly) so I do know just how you feel. Maybe that's why I feel so tired during the day because my muscles don't relax at night? The dr ordered bloodwork to test for muscle diseases and vitamin defeciency(sp?). I hope you're doing well today. Take care,
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  • I had an epidural today because there was a ton of inflammation around my left sciatic nerve. I had a very rough week with the muscle spasms/shooting pain down the leg and lack of sleep. I hope the flexeril helps you. I used to take it for the spasms, but it made me zombified. I am very sensitive to "benzos". It should help you sleep better which would be awesome! Let me know how you are feeling. Hope you're having a good weekend =)
  • Can't say I've had that, but sometimes I dread going to bed when I'm having a painful episode as the nights are so long and I wake up a lot.
    If I take a quarter of a muscle relaxant an hour or so before retiring, and another upon retiring, I find that works better than just a single dose.
    I suppose it lets me wind down step by step.
    A hot bath is also good for relaxing muscles.
    Magnesium is also helpful for tense muscles.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    Hi. How are you feeling since the epidural? Better I hope.
    I haven't been taking the flexeril yet. I hate to take it when I have a lot to do. It makes me a zombie too. I've had a rough week with my back pain also. I've done too much yard work plus I had to go to my son's senior awards and sit for four hours...it was torture but I wouldn't miss it. His graduation is Friday night so I'll double up on pain meds first.
    My dr said my vit d is extremely low and gave me a high dose to take for four weeks. I really hope that helps. Anything is worth a try at this point.
    I hope you're having a much better week.
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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    Thanks for the advice Peter. I've been taking the Norflex an hour before bed but it doesn't help.
    How are you doing? Hope you're still improving. Take care.
  • completely understand on not wanting to take the meds if don't have to . i have to do stretches and mentally try to relax my muscles (progressive relaxation) but taking lunesta also helps along with the normal crap we take everyday.lido patches help the nerve pain. good luck
  • Hey! I am starting to feel much better since the epidural thanks for asking. I get the weirdest sensation a few days afterward. The best way I can describe it is it almost feels like the nerve is very angry from being "woken up" once the inflammation goes down. It's a very painful week, but things are starting to look up. Let's see how long this one lasts. I hope things get better for you soon. Congrats to your son! I feel your pain...sitting for any extended length of time is horrible.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I'm glad you're feeling better and I hope it lasts for a long time. Forever would be great!
    Well I survived graduation. It was painful but worth it.
    Take care and let the epidural do its thing.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I can't find anything to help me. I do sleep pretty good after I get to sleep. I'd like to try the lido patches. I think I'll ask my dr for a script. Are they very expensive? I'll have to check to see if our insurance covers them.
    I hope you're having a good day and are feeling good.
    Take care,
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