have any of you tried muscle relaxers or anti-spasmodics?

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   Posted 9/2/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I know a lot of people here don't really get much relief from their medications, and a lot of times we're stuck going to the bathroom many many times a day and "medicine that works" only means that our insides aren't gushing blood everywhere, but not much of an improvement otherwise.
I was on an anti-spasmodic, for bladder problems that had been acting up, and noticed that I only had to go to the bathroom once or twice a day while I was on it.  That was nice!
Now I'm on muscle relaxers every day because I have some sort of rebellion going on in my muscles and I'd be crippled with pain otherwise.  I noticed that it has the pleasant side effect of making me not go to the bathroom....at all!  I can literally go days now without #2, it feels terribly uncomfortable because my stomach gets big from all the food sitting around in it, but if I take some miralax or philip's I'm able to go and it won't hurt.
I usually don't see much talk of muscle relaxers or anti-spasmodics, has anyone else tried them and had less trips to the bathroom?  My GI doctor said that as long as I am able to go with the aid of miralax or other non-stimulants to keep taking the muscle relaxers, and if I have trouble going to switch back to the anti-spasmodics, so it sounds pretty safe.
Just curious as to whether this is effective for anyone else, and thought I'd share since it might help some other people too.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
That's awesome that you found some relief, even if it was in a "round-about" way!

During my hospital stay last month I was rx'd hycosamine and bentyl, both of which I believe are anti-spasmodics. They did definitely help to calm down my gut. Unfortunately, they also relaxed my eye muscles creating a wobbly-world in which I thought I needed glasses only to buy some and find that I STILL couldn't really see. Just ONE single bentyl every night was causing my eyeballs grief. And the hycosamine, unfortunately, made it so that I could barely pee, so I gave up on it too.

I'm glad they work for you, though... it sounds like you've found something that works really well! Just be on the lookout for any "weird" long-term side effects.
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map lady
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   Posted 9/2/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh wow, funny you metion that, I've been having "fishbowl-vision" occasionally since I started the muscle relaxers!  Never thought it might be from the medication, I think you just saved me a trip to the eye doctor :)

It is really really annoying when I have fishbowl-vision but I'll accept that as a trade for "AAAHHHH someone is chopping off my leg!!!" and other fun sensations that were going on before the muscle relaxer.  They think I have fibromyalgia now :(

I had some trouble peeing at first on anti-spasmodics and on muscle relaxers, but it seems like my bladder got used to it and I can go now when I need/want to.  It just seems to take twice as long to "empty my tank", LOL.  But hey, my butt feels great, so yay smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 9/2/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on bentyl and it definitely helps some with D, and it helps with the cramping, but I have to take ALOT if the cramping is severe. I never thought about the eye thing, but it definitely explains some weird vision things for me too! Goes to show that healingwell forums are the best place to go for information!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Librax. It's a mix of an anti-spasmotic and anti-anxiety med. I've noticed a BIG difference since I asked my GI to put me on it back in June. I'd been on it once before, back before being Dx with Crohn's. I'd been misdiagnosed with IBS and was given Librax at that time so that's how I knew about the drug. My GI didn't hesitate when I asked him to put me on it. I told him I thought it would help when my colon got spastic from the Crohn's and also help with the anxiety I was having from having this disease. He agreed.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills, Chromium Picolinate
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm about to... I spoke with my Dr about Librax but we decided to use only an anti-spastic as I don't have great anxieties. I'm hoping it will lessen my number of trips to the toilet.
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2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm using bentyl currently for my anti-spasm medication, and it seems to work pretty well. I also have some funny vision. Mostly just blurry and bad, but funny when I try to read things...maybe a little irritating during class.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Flexeril (a muscle relaxer) when I get a lot of lower back pain.  Originally, they thought I was having trouble with my back because of some discs, but after x-ray the doc told me that a lot of people with Crohn's disease have lower back pain and Flexeril would help.  It is wonderful for me.  I take it for two or three nights straight and then my back pain in gone for a while.  Sure, it knocks me out, but the benefit is that I can easily move the next day.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Nulev a sub-lingual form of Hycosamine.  I use mine when I get the wonderful dry heaves of the rear end.  Pop one under my tongue and it dissolves immediately so it works faster than most oral anti-spasmotics. smilewinkgrin Last month I found an added bonus!  I need a hystorectomy but they will not consider one unless cancer is in the picture for fear of creating a fistula or a massive infection. My CD is moderate to severe.  So....when I had my second period of the month, bleeding like a stuck hog...not to mention it came two days early on my Humira day and it was raining...I also have Fibro...I thought I was going to die!   Oh yeah...and when I thought it couldn't get worst...I began to flare! Ladies, let me tell you Nulev works wonders for the curse!  I also can only tolerate pharmacy grade tylenol?! So most of the OTC products for the curse are not an option for me either.  LOVE MY NULEV!!!!!!!!! yeah

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   Posted 9/3/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used Bentyl and Levbid in the past, and they do help.  I'm also on Soma 3 times a day for the pain in my belly as well as the wonderful joint pain and muscle spasms I've developed over the years, and it helps all that pain.  I could not live without NuLev!  My 12-year-old uses it as well, and it helps him too. As soon as I start feeling that labor-like pain coming on, I pop a NuLev.  One of my GI's told me to make sure it's the name brand NuLev though, as the generic doesn't work as well.  Best of luck!
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02), Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Positive blood test for wheat allergy, (11/07); Positive capsule endocopy showing Celiac disease (6/30/08), also allergic to egg white protien.
Taking Asacol, Prednisone, Humira, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Prevacid, Zantac, Ambien, Lomotil, Soma, Plaquinil, Frova, Premarin, Entocort, Xifaxan, Creon, Ultracet, Vicodin, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and LOTS OF VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS!

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