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Do muscle relaxants help?

SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:55 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
My upper back & right rib cage varing degrees of PAIN..24/7.
Someone mentioned muscle relaxer might give me more quality of life.
I don't know & need to be careful way I ask doc. If he thinks I google anything..he p/o'd ...like i just trust him.. no..or few questions asked.

But I desperate to lower this pain level... 4 - 7 daily.
Sometimes higher..never better.
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  • I would not be able to function without the assistance of a muscle relaxant. My injuries and surgeries have created a constant problem of muscle spasticity, so without addressing that, my pain levels climb very quickly.

    Have you mentioned to your doc that your muscles are tight and ache or have you just discussed things as pain? A different approach can make a huge difference.

  • Muscle relaxants help a lot. Pre surgery it would help flare ups come less often. Post surgery it helps with all the tension from the surgery. I would definately ask for a muscle relaxant.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • which type of relaxance do u use?
    i take some baclofenum,but nothing relax my muscles as diazepamum...
  • I have to agree with C, after many surgeries, my muscle relaxers are a life saver. Along with the muscle relaxers I use a tens unit, to help break the spasms. I use Soma 4/350 mgs. Newhere, what is the dose of the muscle relaxer. I do use diazepamum, but actually my soma helps more with the spasms. I only use one 5mg to get some sleep with. The soma actually works better. Not long ago I had to do a complete spine MRI, and while we used the valium for relaxer and keep me still, I couldn't wait to get my soma.
  • I guess I'm in the minority, because I find muscle relaxants, by themselves, don't do much for me. I have to take it with some kind of pain reliever in order for it to work.
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  • Yes they work for me. I take ativan which is actually more of an anti-anxiety drug but it works to relax my back. I couldn't make it thru the day without them!!

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I have been on several different anti spazmatics and muscle relaxers. I am now back on zanaflex between 2-6 mg. Three times a daly. I had flexural and robaxin for a long time but they were not enough the zanaflex is much like Valium to me. That along with the pain medication help me get through each day.

  • I take 10MG of baclofen 3x a day but, honestly, I haven't felt any difference other than being a little sleepy. Before this drug, I took 2MG 3x a day of tizandize which only made me sleepy and didn't help my pain. I use patches, 30MG of morphine CR, 10/325 of percocent 4x a day, and an antidepressant that is supposed to help my pain. BUT, I'm still in pain all day every day yet I hear other people say it helps. So, unfortunately all I can say is it depends on each person. Some of us have good results while others don't. I believe there is some relationship of response to your thyroid glands and other glands which affect the degree of absorption for each of us. I know being in constant pain really stinks but hey, look on the bright side, you have us now!! Okay, that was silly and I wasn't trying to minimize your pain but was trying to be funny. I find humor and laughter do make me feel better for a few minutes and I wanted to share.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    ...all so much for the info!
    It seems it would be worth it to bring it up with the doctor.

    Now with oxycontin 20mg 3xday and hydrocodone 2 tabs prn but I usually need every 4-6 hours...just takes the edge off pain.
    So breakthrough med has become like scheduled med and still have pain.

    Thanks again!
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  • I can say the muscle relaxers by themselves wouldn't stop the pain, it is a mix. As my doctor says there is no such thing as pain free, but we work towards what makes me comfortable. Which is why it is a blend of medications. For each person it is going to be different, depending on the type of pain you have. The other thing I use in combination is my tens unit, as the muscle relaxers alone won't take away the spasms. Good luck and I hope it works for you and gives some relief. Keep in mind there are many different muscle relaxers out there.
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