Muscle Relaxers ?

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   Posted 5/4/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering, a while ago, my doctor tried muscle relaxers for my pain (headaches and back pain) but they absolutely debilitated me! I remember just sitting on my couch unable to barely lift my arms to change the channels. I just remember them making it hard for me to function, has anyone else had this experience? Do you think I should try them again? maybe a "not so intense" one? Xanax actually seems to have muscle relaxer effects on me, does that make sense?

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   Posted 5/4/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Xanax would have some relaxing qualities because it is a benzodiazepine just like Valium is and valium is used as a skeletal muscle relaxant. I take a muscle relaxant Flexeril sometimes and it makes me very sleepy also. Maybe there will be another one that works for you. Usually Drs don't like to prescribe Valium for any length of time but I used it when I had whiplash and it really helped. I hope you find some relief soon. Sara
Chronic back and leg pain. Degenerative disc disease for 3 years and unable to work since injuring my back. EMG/nerve test shows peroneal sciatic nerve is being irritated from L4-L5 disc area. Meds-Oxycontin, Cymbalta, lyrica, flexeril,Wellbutrin, Oxazepam for sleep. TX-facet joint, trigger point, nerve block and epidural injections every year x 3 years with temporary relief only. Did PT.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
All meds react differently w/ different people's symptoms.  But, yes, what you describe as your reaction to some of the muscle relaxers is a common one.  Sometimes, those "side effects" pass; other times they don't. 
Many of the benzos may have "relaxant" qualities.... but I haven't personally had them used as a true muscle relaxant.  Typically, they are used for anxiety related symptoms.  And benzos can bring on a whole set of side effects of themselves (just my opinion). 
Several popular muscle relaxers are: flexeril, zanaflex, soma, skelaxin, robaxin and so forth.  It all depends on what your doctor feels is best for your conditions.... And, to repeat, they can all work differently for people.  I have a huge tolerance to meds... but if I take flexeril, it knocks me into bed.  I take soma (carisoprodol) and it works well for my muscle spasms, w/ little side effects. 
Let me know if you have any other questions, or didn't understand something I wrote :)
Good luck!  --Tina
Dx: Disabled due to many, many health/pain issues
Meds: Heart meds, Effexor, various Pain Meds (I've literally been on them all)...and on the list goes; intrathecal pain pump candidate

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   Posted 5/4/2011 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
You might try another muscle relaxant. I take Soma before bedtime occasionally, and I do not feel tired or "drugged" in the morning. Everyone reacts differently to meds, though.

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