Believe me, in the last 52 yrs. I have tried everything imaginable. They all work, but for a limited amount of time. I simply can not make my tense muscles relax full time. I have even gone so far as to teach myself bio-feedback. The closest I have come is when I took neurontin. I couldn't believe the difference it made for me, you couldn't rattle my cage with the worst crisis. I was always calm and collected, and what a reduction in pain. The problem was, it caused me to gain 15lbs. in 2 wks, and it didn't stop there. Never had a weight problem before that and now it is a constant battle. The withdrawal was something I never want to go thru again. Besides making me very calm, I was actually able to cut way back on all the other meds. So yes, if I could subtitute one pill for several pills, I would do it in an instant.
I also haven't been able to find out from any of the many doctors that I have been to if the stiffness in my muscles is from stress or something else. The muscles in my arms and legs are literaly like concrete even when I am relaxed.
Thanks for the advice anyway.