I have been following along on you and reading your posts. I cannot take Flexeril, it makes me throw up something awful. Many years ago I was given Robaxin for a muscle relaxer and it worked very well for neck & back spasms. I am now taking Zanaflex 10mg. and have been for about 4 years but I only use them on & off. They work well for me and they do not knock me out. But there have been some on here that say they did not help them. Its like any med it may or may not work for you. When it comes to medication we really never know unless a person is tried on something. My new pain dr is not thrilled about giving me the Zanaflex because in spring of 07 they came out with a warning letter of problems when taken with other certain medications. I asked her when I had my last pump refill if she would mind giving me a script for the Zanaflex. She said no, I do not write scripts for Zanaflex any longer since the warning letter came out. I told her I really hated to hear that because it was one muscle relaxer that worked for me when I needed one. I told her what happens when I take Flexeril. Then I guess she had a change of heart because the next words out of her mouth were, well since it works for you and you only take them once in a while as needed I will give you a script for 40, so she did with the promise of only as needed.
I would call and talk to the nurse at the drs office and say look, I need help here. Let her know the dr ignored you when you told him the Flexeril are not working. Ask her to please talk to him, and let him know you need something for the spasms that will work. White Beard is right about the Balcofen, I really doubt the dr would rx that to you, but there are others he can try. I really believe you, because I think that is one reason your pain level stays kicked up so high is due to spasms. Why some of these drs stick their heads in the sand is beyond me, but it sure infuriates me when they do not listen. It may just take the nurse pleading your case to get his attention on this, If he refuses, then I would make an appt and go in and meet him face to face about this problem. Do not let him blow you off. Last resort go see your PCP you need help kid. Good luck with the PT, I really think it will benefit you greatly and you will be surprised. I know you are a little down and thought you would be farther along, but you really have done well in a short time. Anice when I was working I cannot tell you how many people I saw have neck & back surgery in 20 yrs. I never saw one client ever be able to go back to work in 4-6 weeks after back surgery, I know you had a lam done, the earliest any of those returned to work was 3 months and it depended on what type of work they did. Most of our fusion clients never returned to work until at least one year after surgery. Keep that positive attitude going as much as you can. Hugs, Susie