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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Didn't I see that someone else was on the muscle relaxer Robaxin? If so what do you think of it? Does it help with your muscle spasms or not? I've noticed that when I was first taking was helping out tremendously for the muscle spasms but now I have noticed that my spasms are breaking through the medication and hitting me hard. It's only when I sleep. I wake up to a huge spasm in my cramp in my back in my back or leg and it is like 2 to 3 hours before I can take a pill or two. I've only been on these for a few months and I feel like my whole body is rejecting everything that doc is trying to help me with, I just hurt all the time matter if I'm laying down, sitting up, standing, pointed to the north, laying on my belly with my toes pointed towards the south with my arms facing the east.....(I think you get the point) it just hurts.

I had knee surgery on my left knee back in 1989. Patalar realignment due to dislocating kneecaps. Took two surgeries to get the dang things to finally start to feeling better. Anyway they have always been quite painful in the winter time (human barometer) and the doctors have told me that one day I would have to go in to have a total knee replacement on both knees one day but since I was only in my 20s at the time they were not to keen on doing it too soon. Anyway, woke up on the couch (Whole nother post which I will get to in a bit) at 2:am (my usual time) to my knee screaming in pain! Well I turned on a light above me and flipped back the covers to discover that my kneecap had flipped on me sometime during the night and was now off to the side of where it should have been. Stifling a scream into my pillow I tried to get it to pop back into place but realized that I was not going to be able to do it without the help of my hubby. Soooo.......I was gonna have to wake him up. I cried out to him, he mumbled something I didn't understand and silence.....I hollared again.......nothing....then with a louder voice that got him stirred...I said "Hunny help I need you!" Well that got him rolling and he came barreling from the bed wide awake into the living room and asked what was wrong. Pointed to my knee and he grimaced and hugged me telling me it was gonna be ok. Then asked me if I needed a pain pill before or after I did this. I told him I would take one before and he handed me a percocet and two muscle relaxers..then went in and got the ace bandage, a bag of ice and got ready to put it back into place. Well after that ordeal....I cried my eyes out.....and been awake ever since.

Anyway.....that's my horrible night.....guess I'll close for now.


HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Slight herniation at L2-3 but Neurosurgeons will not operate because of previous failed surgeries. Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Lunista, Topamax and Robaxin.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Good grief gal-how in the world do you suppose that happened? WOW. Can't imagine that pain. I have torn an ACL and more torn meniscus that I want to count. Then torn tendons up 7 days post op once from a severe twist. Sometimes we cannot win for losing t seems like. I was on Robaxin I guess a good 12 yrs ago, I really remember if helped me or not, been so long. Hope that knee is much better later today. Yes, its 4:48 my time-still awake. Susie

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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi scarred, sorry about the problems. Ive used Robaxin before, IMO it is the worst muscle relaxer I have tried but Ive only used three. Ive had 5 lower back operations, I get spasms in my back my legs and sometimes feet. IMO The best muscle relaxer is valium but flexeril is pretty good as well. Good luck.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Stray: Don't know how the heck it happened. Hubby figures that maybe I might have been laying on my side and turned just wrong causing my kneecap to flip. Hasn't done that in quite a few years.....since 1998 in fact so this was a real shocker. Its feeling a little better, the swelling went down a bit with the ice and I'm staying off of it for the day so that it has time to heal up. The Robaxin and Percocet did its job at keeping the pain down but my back pain increased a bunch cause I twisted to keep my knee from going any further. Geeez can't win for losing! Hubby is now looking at the ins. to see if we can swing getting the knee fixed and I'm telling him no darned way as we are concentrating on the back right now then we will see about the knee later when I am healed up from that first. So he agreed that he would let me decide (its my dang body) and I told him that I think it was a one time thing and as long as I use my knee brace and be real careful I should be able to baby it for awhile longer. Told him right now we just bought a house and I really don't see going into that much debt when I know what I can do to stabilize the knee and keep it healthy for awhile longer.

Nik: Valium is not really an option for me as the doctor doesn't want to change my meds right now. We are in the throws of getting me authorized for a Spinal Cord Stimulator and he really wants to wait to see what the psych evaluation shows before he throws me on any different medications. I was just curious more then anything if anyone else on Robaxin was having good luck with the decrease in spasms from taking it. I have noticed that some days it works well and others there isn't anything in my arsenal that works to relieve the pain. Of course those days are usually days where its either a storm front sitting on top of us or I over did it that day or the day before and am paying for it. Now that I have my main pain medications on board I've got the pain down to a tolerable level. Actually.....It's at a 7 which I have not seen in many months and I'm rather celebrating this. :-)

Hugs to all

HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Slight herniation at L2-3 but Neurosurgeons will not operate because of previous failed surgeries. Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Lunista, Topamax and Robaxin.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/7/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Scarred -
Oh, I am so very sorry for your terrible horrible night.
I have nothing more to add except:

I am so very very sorry for your terrible horrible night.

Keep us posted, Sweet Lady.


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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think (not sure) i was given some robaxin after my back surgery. It made me groggy during the day, but didn't cover muscle spams at night. So now during the day I don't need (unless something unusual happens) muslce relaxants, but take a valium at night.

Just a thought - I wonder if sleeping on the couch is causing some increased pain. I could never do it. I can't really even lie down on my couch without hurting, but then it's old and has no support! And I have an old knee injury (actually now I have both knees injured!!) in my right knee since my 20's. It goes out on me a couple of times a year and sometimes all I have to do is turn wrong in bed! I manage to get it back in but sometimes it takes awhile. A lot of stretching and muscle contractions and sometimes just putting the ace support on and letting it relax for awhile.

It's always something....


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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't sleep in bed PA and that in itself is killing me. I hate the idea of not being close to my husband. Unfortunately the couch is the only place in my house that I am comfortable laying on. The cushions are a little worn but its nice and its pretty long so that my legs can stretch out. Plus I don't want to disturb him from his much needed sleep so its better this way when I toss and turn.

Scarred/ AKA Possibly miss Sleepy tonight
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P

Stella Marie
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Scarred,

I too suffer from horrific muscle spasms in my back and legs.  I started with Flexeril and then Robaxin, but with 6 months neither helped.  I was then switched to Baclofen, which is one of the gold standards – along with Zanaflex – for muscle spasms and spasticity.  Unfortunately, within 8 months of using oral Baclofen (which does a wonderful job) I went from using 10 mgs to 130 mgs a day.  The side effects became a problem and I had no choice but to have a Baclofen pump implanted.

You might want to ask your physician if you are a candidate for either oral Baclofen or Zanaflex, both are muscle relaxants, but not in the benzo category.

I know what you are going thru – and I am so sorry.

Stella Marie,.

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   Posted 2/8/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I hated Robaxin, it didn't work first of all and also I choked on them three times, they're huge horse pills, both the 500mgs and 750mgs. But also I think we do build tolerences to muscle relaxers because when I first took flexeral it worked wonderful for spasms but wore off after about 6 weeks. But at this moment I have Zanaflex and that makes my heart slow down so much that I cant stand the feeling of it, even when I cut them in half, so I've kinda given up on them right now eventhough I have been in so much pain this last week from my back mixed with bronchitas and sinus infection and I absoutly refuse to go to the doctors to be seen because I have been sick ALL winter and I'm tierd of antibiotics lol.

I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
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