Muscle Relaxants - ok, or a no no?

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   Posted 11/2/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband seems to have pulled a muscle or something . . . since thursday night, he's been complaining of pain in his right glute, and down his hamstring. He has an appt tomorrow with a physician to figure out what is causing it, and also to ease the pain. He's hurting right now, poor thing.

So, I know he can't take NSAIDs with Crohn's. But what about muscle relaxants? Will those affect Crohn's or digestive function? ie. does a muscle relaxant only affect the skeletal muscles? I know that anti-spasmodic like Benytl that are used to ease cramping with crohn's. I am wondering if a regular muscle relaxant will do the same thing, or if it is targeted enough that it only relaxes the skeletal muscles. I remember the name of one that was prescribed to me when I had back issues - metaxalone. So, I presume they may prescribe him something similar.

What other options are there for treating pain with Crohn's? Other than tylenol, is the next stop some opiate based like vicodin?

Thanks for your advice, and any suggestions.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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   Posted 11/2/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes muscle relaxants are ok for us.  I have Fibromyalgia along with my Crohns and when it acts up I use Robaxin which is a mild muscle relaxant.  It doesnt make me super drowsy like Flexeril does.  Hope that helps.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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