muscle relaxer instead of pain meds?

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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I asked my Dr. today for pain meds. and she said to try muscle relaxers instead, and see if that helps the pain.  Has anyone ever done this for CD pain?  I never had this happen before, new PCP, and she doesn't want me on the addictive pain meds if she can help it.  Sh said she will give them to me if these don't work.  It just sounds odd to me to take muscle relaxers?  Anyone with any experince here?

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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My Rheumy gave me muscle relaxers for my Fibro, but I have never been given a muscle relaxer for my Crohns. Many of us take things like Vicodin, Ultram, Percoset for our pain. I think your PCP is being a little too over cautious. I have been taking a pain medication daily for years because of the joint related pains of Crohns.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

Melissa H
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   Posted 7/16/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've asked my GI doc for a prescription for a pain medication for those times when it becomes unbearable and he said "take Tylenol".  Ya, real sympathetic...I decided then that he won't be much help.  I was seeing my PCP for another issue and she gave me a muscle relaxer.  I took half of one because I'm kind of a lightweight with meds.  It sure made me feel better and did not seem to irritate my CD at all.  I haven't actually taken it due to CD pain though.  I might try it someday  :-)  
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Dehydrone5, Vit B/Folic Acid injections. Using Levsin and Charcoal Caps when needed.

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   Posted 7/17/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I too have been told to take Tylenol but it does not work. I take muscle relaxers at night for fibro and never noticed them helping the CD or other pains at all!

I think the Dr is being cautious. I get by without any pain meds but to be honest I think my life would be tons easier if I had some relief some days.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.



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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Was your doc talking about the antispasmodics like hyosciamine or bentyl? Those actually do work for some people though they are not very strong. I call mine my pain pill because I only take it when I am in pain.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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