Excellent advice straydag!
I can't Flexeril either, it makes me loopy as can be! I have taken Robaxin, when I was in the military they often prescribed it to me, but it was one of the meds that didn't work right away, but you had to be on it for a little while, but it was an extremely effective medication! The Doc tried to put me on Zanaflex as a replacement for Baclofen, that was a disaster! It did not work at all, so I went back on the Baclofen. But even on the Baclofen, every once in awhile the muscle spasms come back with a vengence, and it is like I wasn't taking anything at all! and then after a period of time ( days or weeks) they will ease up and the Baclofen does it's job. But when that happens I usually get a whole bunch of other symptoms too! ( balance problems, swallowing difficulities, and host of other things, like numbness and tingling in my extremeties, even constipation and I have UC! so I never get that!) and then they also go away, but always will return sometime! Everyone is so different and medications act so differently with each individual, your Doctor literally, just has to have you try it to see if it works for you!
I can understand the impatients on wanting to return to work! But you are rigtht straydog, back and spinal surgery does takes time to heal!
I wish you Luck anice!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV