alternatives to drugs for stiffness

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Luvzminis
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 2568
   Posted 3/14/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:  Haven't been here lately, as life has just been too busy!
 
Does anyone know of a good alternative to drugs for stiffness?  I'd been taking Flexeril, Neurontin, and Elavil, (at night only) as in the winter, my stiffness is worse.  But I really hate all the side effects.  I know the malic acid tablets are helpful, but fairly often, my system can't handle the magnesium, and I'll be visiting the bathroom too often.  Are there any other alternatives for stiffness?  I'm still puttering away at an online course, and my legs and neck take a real beating, despite all the care I take so I'm not straining my neck, etc.  Also, I can't walk for long periods, as the stiffness then hits my feet. Any help appreciated!  God bless.

Statgeek
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1495
   Posted 3/14/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I take zanaflex at night before bed and that sometimes helps with morning stiffness. also some gentle stretching helps - nothing strenuous, just gentle stretching - like light yoga or something.
Sue

Luvzminis
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 2568
   Posted 3/14/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Good ideas, Sue--thanks!  Is Zanaflex a prescription drug?

getting by
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40601
   Posted 3/14/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luvzminis,

Did you try the malic/magnesium? You start out really slow so that the magnesium doesn't effect you in that way. I also recommend the stretching. Gentle as was mentioned above. Try to do lots of walking. Try to go daily, it relaxes you.

I take soma instead of flexeril. Flexeril made me too sleepy. I wish you luck on finding what is right for you.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


tyno3
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1081
   Posted 3/15/2009 2:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Zanaflex is a prescription drug, and a rather good one at that.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Ginny
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 5514
   Posted 3/15/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad I came across this post!  My doctor prescribed Flexeril for me.  I get it filled today.  My stiffness and muscle pain is unbearable right now. I also take Elavil and Neurontin at night.  How bad is the drowsiness with Flexeril? I'll keep Zanaflex in mind if the Flexeril is too icky!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

35 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety, Chinook migraines. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus
 
Co-Moderator for the Lupus and Fibromyalgia forums


Luvzminis
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 2568
   Posted 3/15/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I get fairly sleepy with Flexeril, and more "loopy" with Neurontin.  Neurontin seems to help me more, it seems.  I'm trying to get off all prescriptions drugs if possible. I'm dealing with the side efffects, getting into menopause, and taking a very intensive course.  A bit too much to deal with at one time!  I think I'll retry the malic acid/magnesium tablets.  I also heard vitamin E is good for tissues.  Hoping to find more "no drug" solutions.  Best of luck to those also searching, and thanks to all who replied!

Dagger
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1522
   Posted 3/15/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Gentle stretching throughout the day, starting before you even get out of bed.

Also, try soaking in the tub with a couple of scoops of Epsom Salts. You absorb the magnesium through the skin, skipping the digestive tract. If it makes you feel worse, try using less Epsom Salt and slowly increase it.

Statgeek
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1495
   Posted 3/15/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Can we put epsom salts in the hot tub? that would be way cool.
Sue

Sera Smiles
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 671
   Posted 3/16/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I take flexeril and it is a good part of my Rx combo. The only issue I have with it is dryness, I have dry mouth so bad with this, and if I take it in the mornings by early afternoon I feel like a piece of sandpaper. Lots of hydration doesn't really seem to make too much difference. So I usually only take it later in the day, it doesn't dry me out as bad that way. However, it does relieve pain very well.
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, December 09, 2016 10:09 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,735,739 posts in 301,326 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151429 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, terrance.
273 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
terrance, Tnmproject, Job_the_Phoenix, ks1905, joavila92, Sarakt, Octorobo, Csweeney1002


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer