I have taken all kinds of muscle relaxers for mucle spasms, and Baclofen has by far been the best, for me I have not noticed any side affects like I have with other muscle relaxers, and it also has helped with the pain control. It is usually started off in lower doses and is slowly increased till it becomes effective. I take the max oral dose of 30mg every eight hours. It does control my spasms really well. It is a med that you can not just stop taking, especially if you have been on it for quite some time, and at the higher doses, you have to be weaned back off of it. Anyway it might be something that you might want to check out.
Just as an after thought Alcie have you ever tried a TENS unit for pain control? They don't work for everyone, but it was just a thought I had considering the problems that you have with taking medications. I have several units, but I have trouble with keeping the electrodes on and I am allergic to so many of the adhesives, that I finally gave up on them. I never thought they did that much for my pain anyway, but some people have very good luck with them. Just another thought that you might consider.
One other thought I have is what type of bed do you have? Could that be contributing to you pain and lack of sleep? I know that I wake up allot in the night due to pain, I also have sleep complex sleep apnea and am on VPAP ASV. but I can not lay flat due to my back and I have an adjustable bed, and when I often wake up in the night with pain , I just grab my wireless remote for the bed and press an button or two and adjust the head or the foot of the bed just a little, and then I am comfortable again. For Fibro it is great! Just trying to think of things that might be of help to you!
I do wish you well!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!