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Justin66JJustin66 Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Pain Medications
I had a microdiscectomy on Aug. 18th and still have some sciatica pain in my left leg and a little weakness in right around my ankle I also have some mild muscle spasms.

A few years ago I had to take anti anxiety pills over losing a family member that really got to me. Eventually I didn't have to take the pills anymore but since I hurt my back and had surgery Ive had to take a pill every once in a while.

This is the weird thing I noticed that when I take a half a pill that some... but not all of the sciatica pain in my left leg eases up.

Im not saying go out and get anxiety pills but I just thought this was interesting. I don't think this is just in my head.

I looked up Alprazolam on a pill website said that it acts upon your central nervous system slowing the reaction of your nerves firing. I guess this is what its doing for me. Im no Dr. but I thought this was interesting and just wondered if anyone else maybe had this experience?


  • Glad to hear something is bringing you relief.

    Anti-anxiety meds and Anti-seizure meds have been used in the treatment of nerve related pain for quite some time. It might be worth mentioning to your doc, especially if you continue to have some left over sciatic pain. This way the doc can properly treat your pain with a prescription written for it.

    Oh and Welcome to Spine Health.

  • Yes, I take benzodiazepines sometimes for muscle/nerve pain (not so much alprazolam - mostly diazepam and clonazepam). I think most of the benzodiazepines have muscle relaxing properties to varying degrees, and some have anticonvulsant action too, which calms the nerve firing process, as you described. Have you tried clonazepam (Klonopin/Rivotril) or diazepam (Valium)? I find these most helpful, especially at night, when the neuropathic pain and muscle spasms drive me crazy. They definitely seem to help!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,265
    does note eit in well with the other chronic pain patients.
    But as a site to help whomever we can, we can allow this post to continue to see if someone can help out
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Ive been in pain for months. I figured that this may be the most related category to put this under. I told my surgeon about the problems I was having after surgery but he acted like the pain perscription he gave me would be good enough (darvoset). I felt like I was going out of my mind with them. Like I was in a 24 hour semi-coma.

    I had some left over loratabs from before sugery so I took them every once in a while untill they got to where they started loosing their effect. I didn't want to start upping the dose and get hooked. Ive just been dealing with the pain the best I can.

    No I haven't taken any of the medications you guys mentioned and to be honest I didn't know anything about them. I'll have to talk to my Dr. about them.

    Thanks for the help!


  • Just as a remindar, people really should not be taking old medications or medications that were prescribed for something else when dealing with a new medical problem.
    Doing this is called self medicating and can result in your Pain management doctor cutting off any further medications.
    If a patient has pain and it is not being dealt with by using the medications that were prescribed, then either call your prescribing doctor, or see another one, but don't take old medications or self medicate. Both are dangerous practices.
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