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GSDgirl
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   Posted 8/31/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
How many wait until they feel that familiar clenching of the muscles before they take a muscle realxer or take it regularly to prevent?  Thanks

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crazykitty
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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I generally take cyclobenzaprine only when I'm flaring, not for the everyday pain.
It always makes me drowsy and I would never take it while driving. I will take a
muscle relaxer before the start of a long road trip, but of course I'm a passenger.
 
I have considered taking it before bed as a sleep aid but I'm afraid it would lose its
effectiveness if I started using it on a daily basis. All I know is that when I'm flaring
it does take the edge off the pain.
 
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   Posted 8/31/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I take somas three times a day to prevent the tightening of my muscles. They get hard as a rock and boy do they hurt when they get that way. So I do it in more of a preventative way. Instead of waiting for them to get bad. Then the pain gets bad and I can't get control of it.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I use valium at night to help me fall asleep but not during the day. I do wear a Fentanyl patch at all times to hold off the pain. I usually wear one patch for about 2 weeks though and then the pain breaks through and I switch it.
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   Posted 8/31/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take Soma, some days none and some days 6. I was just wondering if I should take them on a regular basis.

Sotired, I bet the fentynal patch works wonders.

Karen, many doctors don't like to give soma as there is research that says it is addicting. I am wondering when I will get cut off. Everything is addicting, even our antidepressantsIn my mind addictive drugs need weaned off of and soma is not one of them.
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 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
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   Posted 8/31/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My new doctor already wants me to take flexeril instead. But that makes me so groggy and gives me a hangover. I hate it. It makes me more tense because I feel so crummy. I want my soma to continue.

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GSDgirl
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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I whole heartedly agree!!! I hate that stuff.  Why do they push it???  I gotta find something without tylenol in it to take.  Don't want to kill the liver.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know flexeril had tylenol! All I know is, it makes my heart feel funny. Moreso than darvocet, of course that has tylenol too. That's why next time I'm going to ask my doctor for straight darvon (sorry, that's off-topic, it's not a muscle-relaxer.)
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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
That is why I like the norco, it has a little less tylenol in it than regular vicodin. You can get vicoprophen. It is vicodin with ibuprophen. Or if you are taking oxycodone, you can get it without tylenol in it.

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Torden
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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I was given Flexiril and Motirin my first trip to the ER but they did not help at all. In fact made things worse because the pain would randomly go from dull to sharp and would make me trip and fall everywhere on top of the weakness that I already have it made walking impossible. So I stopped taking them so I can get around.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually take True Calm by NOW products which is an herbal equivelent to flexoril without the side effects. I only
take skelaxin when I can't kick it any other way. I find by taking True Calm everyday I rarely have the flaring,
usually only when I seriously overdo or a bad weather front comes in.

steppingstone
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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Flexeril only as needed.  I can take up to 3 per day, but usually only take 1-2 per day (I sometimes don't take any).  I usually take it when I am having pain and muscle tension, or when I have been doing strenuous work.  It does sometimes make me groggy, so I try to take the doses later in the day, like with supper or at bedtime.

MsBunky
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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I take one in the morning and one in the evening, on a 12 hour schedule. That's a regular schedule for me. I don't get drowsy or dopey from them (I'm on Flexeril) but I do from some of my other meds, so it's very rare that I drive now and I only drive when I absolutely have to...and never at night.
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

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   Posted 9/1/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried Flexeril, but it gave me pretty bad serotonin syndrome with my tramadol - turned beet red, got extremely hot, couldn't control my body temperature. I stopped both meds and took 2 mg Valium, which hits the same receptors and helps stop the SS.

I'm trying not to take any muscle relaxers now. Valium works well, but it also stops the tramadol (back on that) from working as wel as it should.
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Normal
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   Posted 9/1/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Flexeril has Tylenol?????? My liver enzymes are HIGH so I have not been taking Tylenol but really need the flexeril to sleep. I had no idea ther was tylenol in it.Once again the forum has helped me. Thanks guys, have to go in for new bloodtest tommorrow on liver, thyroid and kidneys. I only have 1 flexeril left so I will ask about it. It makes me so tired the next day but then so does not sleeping with the pain. Gotta go hit the heating pad and try to stay awake till 9:00 shakehead Take care.
Psoriasis and PS arthritis, Fibro,IBS,Bursitis,DDD of neck,Hypothyroidism.
Meds: Savella(love it),Flexeril at night,Synthroid(just started),Folic acid, lots and lots of Tylenol(liver enzymes up so trying not to take it), Humira( afraid to start untill I get thyroid leveled) not sure about it).

I thought once I found out what was wrong with me I would feel better. I thought wrong.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 9/1/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think flex has tylenol but vicodan does.

crazykitty
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   Posted 9/1/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Flexeril does not contain tyenol. Flexeril contains cyclobenzaprene.

hugs, Robin

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   Posted 9/1/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
hey alcie.. i didn't know flexeril taken with tramadol could cause seratonin syndrome?  thanks for mentioning that. I had a bad seratonin reaction when I took tramadol with effexor. it was down right miserable. I am going to start a post about it in the hopes it may help anyone else from going thru what I did.
 
Peace and joy, Debbie S

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   Posted 9/2/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm supposed to take Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) on a daily basis before bedtime but it makes me so groggy.  redface It usually lasts until the next morning.  So I usually wait until I really need to take it.  I was on Skelaxin wich was great for me, it didn't make me groggy but it's just so darn expensive! I started using Voltaren Gel, which is working good for me. Or sometimes I'll just wear the Flector Patch.
Wishing You A Pain Free Tomorrow :)

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Meds: Neurontin, Cyclobenzaprine, Xanax, Tramadol, Celebrex, Voltaren, Synthroid, Cytomel, Kapidex (as needed meds... Imitrex, Phenegran, Vicodin)

Normal
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   Posted 9/2/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to know it wasnt the Flexeril with Tylenol. I couldnt work today with pain. So many meds to consider for pain. I am trying Bayer. Even though I have a Hiatal Hernia(didnt bother to put in profile). I hope it helps. Im out of prescriptions and I cannot get in to Ruemy untill NOV! Is that not ridiculous. I dropped FMLA papers and blood test results off today with a SOS note. I need pain relief. I can go in to learn how to do humira injection with nurse but cant see the Dr. Im not even sure I ccan do Humira with new blood test results. So I am reading all of your post in case they call and give me something. Want to make sure I want it. Going to get on heating pad. Rained here and I am hurting.

Psoriasis and PS arthritis, Fibro,IBS,Bursitis,DDD of neck,Hypothyroidism.
Meds: Savella(love it),Flexeril at night,Synthroid(just started),Folic acid, lots and lots of Tylenol(liver enzymes up so trying not to take it), Humira( afraid to start untill I get thyroid leveled) not sure about it).

I thought once I found out what was wrong with me I would feel better. I thought wrong.
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