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   Posted 5/5/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
The muscle spasms have increased since surgery. And when I take a shower it seems to bring them on too. Sometimes they just come on all of the sudden. I am taking flexiril 10 mg. They were prescribed for every 8 hours. I do take them more often than that. I have taken Soma before, but it was years ago. I asked the nurse about that last week. She s aid that I was on what I needed to be on-that Soma was more of a knock out. I don't think I agree with that. I want to be on the right med. though.The PM I had gave me the flexiril for the herniated discs. I don't have to go back to the PM unless the surgery didn't work. He told me he hopes he doesn't see me again. He meant it in a good way although it sounds bad. He did laugh.
Anyway, I do take more than I should of them because I still have the spasms. I don't want to pester them at the office. But the flexiril isn't helping with the spasms. I can tell that the nurse is getting aggravated with me. I have called with questions before and after the surgery. And actually it is her job. I am a nurse in a peds office, and I never make the parent feel like that. I love my patients and I know that I have my job because of my patients. If there were no patients there would be no need for nurses. Have my spasms increased because of the surgery and the muscles are just healing? Should I call and ask for the flexiril to be increased in mg. or changed completely?

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   Posted 5/5/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a follow up with the doctor that did the surgery? (I forget if you mentioned that, sorry)
Might just want to make an appointment with this surgeon and let him know about the spasms your having
and to go from there...just my thoughts..are you using a tens unit and does it help?
Hope your feeling better soon...
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   Posted 5/5/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If the Flexiril is not working for you, then you should talk to your Doctor about it, I would not be increasing your dosage though! I know Flexiril never worked for me, and I did not like the way it made me feel! I used to be prescribed Robaxin, and it worked very well for me, Zanaflex ( I believe that is what it is call it and it never worked for me either) I am on Baclofen 25 mg every 8 hours now and that seems to really help me, at least most of the time.

Don't worry about your Doctors nurse being aggravated with you, she is not having the muscle spasms, you are! You should not have to put up with them, they hurt! or at least mine do, my muscles knot up something fierce and when they do, God does it hurt! I do empathize with you Anice! So please talk with your Doctor about it, maybe you need to be on something different!
Wishing you only the Best!

Good Luck to You!

White Beard

  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 5/5/2009 12:23:11 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/5/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
As White Beard said, please don't take more of the flexiril. I am a year and a half our from surgery and still get muscle spasms around the incision site, but they're not as bad. Muscle spasms are pretty common things for those of us with pain, but there are many things you need to do along with meds - such as alternating heat/ice, maybe getting a TENS unit (if your doctor approves it), warm shower, and definitely watching how you move. You may just need to take the flexiril and lie down for awhile with some heat. I find the combination of those things in the right order is helpful. But be careful overdoing it on the meds.

Remember stress can contribute to all of this. Do you know any mental relaxation activities - meditation, etc. Try visiting the site (I've got no financial connection whatsoever to the site, just use her material). You can listen to small snippets for free and if you find something useful, maybe you can buy a CD or download.

But do keep in touch with your doctor, even if they sound annoyed. Keeping a pain log might help, because that might tell you what you do that might be associated with the spasms.

Take care,


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   Posted 5/5/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anice,

Is there any way that you could talk with your doctor & not the nurse? The nurse is probably pretty knowledgeable if she has been working with this doc for a while, but at the same time, she isn't a doctor. You might have better luck voicing your concerns with him. I'd also like to voice a word of caution in taking more meds than prescribed. In combination with the pain meds that you are taking, as well as your weakened state from surgery, you really need to be careful about side effects, etc. You don't want to have a fall because your balance was off from medication interactions! I'd definitely talk all this over with the doc.

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