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okie
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   Posted 11/10/2007 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning, I was just wondering if anyone takes Flexeril? I've been really hitting my pain meds hard lately. Yesterday my brother gave me 2 of his flexeril. I took 1 and within forty mins my pain was gone. 4 hours later I took the other 1. Than I took my pain meds 2 hours later and it kept me pain free all night. Now it's 6 am and I am feeling the pain coming back. Basically I was able to cut my pain meds in half and not be in pain. I was tested for fibro before and I don't have the pressure points for it. I was just wondering if that sounds formiliar to anyone? My doctor isn't in until Monday but I will be calling for some flexeril. I just hope she gives it to me.
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carol
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol,

Yup . . . I would have guessed fibro too. I really think that's why the electric blanket helps pain for so many people . . . it is very relaxing and gives your body a chance to just relax.

Be careful if you are prone to falling though. It could be just enough to keep you from righting yourself in a near fall.

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hippimom2
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Carol, I wuld definitely call your doc about the flexeril, especially if it helped that much. You shouldn't have to be in pain all the time.

Rosie is right about the electric blanket. I got one for Josh and tried it out and liked it so much that my hubby got one for our bed too and it felt like heaven on my sore body.

Let us know what your doc says. ((((Hugs))))
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jhmom
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   Posted 11/10/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Carol, I couldn't live without my Flexeril. I only take 2 at night and it helps me from being so stiff in the morning and helps me sleep. My rheumy has suspected Fibro too but I hasn't confirmed that dx. I do have most of the pressure points, so who knows.

I am glad to hear Flexeril helped you so much, I pray your doctor calls some in for you so that you won't be in such pain every day. Hugs and love to you
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redrose77
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   Posted 11/10/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I take flexeril but when not pregnant I take skelaxin because it has fewer side effects. I have the fibro dx along with the lupus and RA and sjogrens and a host of other problems. Unfortunately for me the flexeril doesn't work as well as the skelaxin for me. I hate pain, but have avoided narcotics until the nerve issues in my hip. I had stopped them thanks to the nerve blocks but now the pregnancy prevents nerve blocks so I am taking them again but only at night so I can sleep. I would love anything that cut my pain down so much. The last nerve block has worn off and pretty soon I will have to begin using the forearm crutch/cane again if I want to walk. Definitely call your doctor but I wouldn't say anything about borrowing meds from your brother, I would say you heard about how helpful it can be here. Tell the office you want to use less pain meds and heard that it could help.
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Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


okie
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   Posted 11/10/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone. Maybe I just havn't gotten bad enough for the points  to show up? I really don't know all I know is it worked.

Redrose, yeah I wouldn't tell her. In fact I wouldn't have taken it except that I've taken it before when I had a root canal done. Other than that I was disperate. I just couldn't take it anymore. All the doctor was doing was increased my pain meds and that wasn't helping. I actually was on skelaxin before but it didn't even touch the pain. Strange how different things help different people.

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carol


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redrose77
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   Posted 11/11/2007 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it is weird how different meds help different people but then again each case of lupus or any autoimmune disease for that matter presents differently in each patient. They are less predictable and have less in common between patients than things like heart disease and cancer. At least that is what I have read and been told. I hope you get relief soon.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Carol,

I've had two neck surgeries and need more and my spine is bad. Every MRI and xray showed only mild bulging of disks in the lumbar and I was told to just learn to live with it, it was very mild nothing really. Meanwhile, I'm in pain, all my muscles throughout my body were rock hard, sleep was miserable. Up until 4 years ago, when I went to pain mgt. because I was going nuts and allergic to all the psychiatric and muscle relaxers they gave me due to my liver--I developed an allergy to flexeril as my liver disease progressed and I kept taking it, same with skelaxin--that was a nightmare because it is stronger. Anyway, I was sure there was something wrong and my pain mgt doc said there was only one real way that they could tell if there were any pinched nerves or anything and that was by myelogram. Well, I had compression in my neck bad, the insides of the vertebrae were closed in, osteophytes (bone spurs) and every other thing imagineable. Since that myelogram, done at the same facility where my MRIs were done, every MRI now shows all the problems that were in the myelogram. I guess what I'm trying to say is that most people have negative MRIs and cat scans for their backs but later find that the problems either didn't show up, the quality of the image was poor, or they were overlooked somehow. After my first surgery, the doc told my family that I must have been in excruciating pain. Duh.

Well, I'm glad the flexeril works but be careful to take the lowest dose possible and liver compromised people usually take a half dose of a lot of meds or don't take them as frequently to avoid them backing up in your system after a couple of months and causing an allergy. I don't know how many good drugs I'm allergic to now because the docs wouldn't listen and prescribe a low enough dose. I always throw my back out on muscle relaxers anyway unless I stay flat.

Here I am babbling. I'm so glad they worked for you and may be just the right thing for you. Just be careful on the liver side, try to use somewhat sparingly if you are prone to allergies. I took it off and on for years, and then it started doing that to me , hives and all. Now, if I take one, hives.
Love, Marji
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