Experiences with muscle relaxers?

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 7/17/2017 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am interested in any of your experiences with muscle relaxers..

I feel like that would be so helpful with our muscle issues, but have not found one yet that i can take..

The first one i tried was flexerill , but really could not tolerate it at any dose..even just cutting a tiny sliver of it..

Tried another later and had the same experience..they make me feel so slow and spacey..

So am still curious what others experience with this medicine..i had had a bad fall and am having some therapy now ..even tighter following the fall ..

Lj

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/18/2017 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I love Robaxin (methocarbamol). Back in the '80's I was given this for back spasms. I took two tablets four times a day. The first two tablets would have me asleep withing fifteen minutes but the rest of the time they didn't bother me.

When I suggested Robaxin to my rheumy five years ago he agreed to prescribe them. I could barely walk at that point. He ordered the same dose that the doctor up north had given me. I decided to see how little I could take instead of taking the full dose. I tried one tablet four times a day when I would take my ibuprofen, and I wasn't groggy, sleepy, etc.! This made a significant difference in my pain so I now was able to take less ibuprofen and Tylenol. I now take ibuprofen, Tylenol, and one Robaxin tablet twice a day...every 12 hours. That's it! I have no negative side effects and I'm one who has sensitivity to medications. I drive all over the place. I live alone so I can't take something that prevents me from taking care of my home or driving.

I hope you can try this and it works for you. If you get a little sleepy, give it a chance...at least a week. This is very inexpensive too. I buy the generic, methocarbamol. I use the brand name on the forum because I don't have to type so much. 😂

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straydog
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   Posted 7/18/2017 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Ljm, while I do not have fibro, I have chronic pain from other conditions. I have been on muscle relaxers close to 30 years. One of the biggest problem I always had was they made me drowsy & I could only take them at bedtime. I have been on nearly everyone of them, lol. I am currently on Baclofen & have been for several years. This has been a life saver for me, no grogginess at all. The thing with Baclofen is you must take it on a schedule, to be effective you have keep a steady serum level. It was initially rx'd for MS patients because of severe spasticity. Baclofen is totally different from a regular muscle relaxer, it works on the central nervous system, has a completely different component make up. You may want to read about it at Drugs.com.. Granted we are all different in how we metabolize meds.

I hope you find something that works & consider trying Baclofen.
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Ljm2014
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   Posted 7/18/2017 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks i will read
Up on these..my dr says to call and we can keep changing till we find what helps..but i tend to get discouraged by the side effects and do not call back...i will see him maybe august so am thinking about it again..

I would like something i could just take in a flare..thats when i tighten up so much..

Lj

kellyinCali
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   Posted 7/19/2017 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Baclofen 10mg up to 3x/day. I did not like how flexeril made me feel. My forearms in particular would feel tingly and weird. I took Soma for many years but doctors are no longer subscribing it. Drugs get pushed on the streets and then we (the real patients) pay the price.

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/19/2017 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Every once I needed a while I'll wake up so stiff and have muscle pain. I will take one Robaxin and head back to bed. It works for me and saves me from taking ibuprofen like I used to have to do. Th beauty of this m dictation...at least for me...is, at the very low dose I take, I have much relief and no side effects.

I do know what you are talking about. I hate taking medication but this allows me to take less plus I am barely taking much of the Robaxin...considering the original prescription called for eight tablets a day! I forgot to mention that the tablets are scored so they can be cut in half too. I do hope you find one that helps you.

Sherrine

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