Preferred muscle relaxant?

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/30/2016 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi: I am usually on the fibromyalgia forum.

I was told about 13 years ago that I also have an unspecified neuro condition, despite undergoing much testing. My family doctor referred me to this neurologist, who was very highly recommended. But I ended up with pretty much a 'wait and see' diagnosis.

Well, fast forward to this year. For several months now, my stiffness has worsened. My feet and legs are extremely stiff when I wake up. I also really notice the stiffness if I'm on my feet a lot. Walking in a store is very difficult, unless there's soft carpeting!
I also have noticed more stiffness and sometimes "heaviness" throughout my body, even in my arms and somewhat in my hands, so I suspect something else is going on. My legs and feet, though, bear most of the burden. I have an appointment with a (new) neurologist coming up (the other neurologist is no longer in my area).

It's probably foolish for me to ask if this sounds like MS, but I guess I'll ask it anyway. rolleyes

Back in 2003, the neurologist had ruled out MS and ALS, though I had similar symptoms of both. His best guess was that I might have cerebral palsy, and perhaps always had it.

I began to think about how I was hospitalized and near death when I was 4 months old with the Asian flu. Family members did a prayer novena, and the doctor believed the prayers brought me through! I wonder if because I was so ill, this was the time my body started to act up? Perhaps this brought on the neuro condition(?) I don't know.

Anyway, I now take Neurontin and Flexeril. The Neurontin seems more helpful than the Flexeril, which only seems to make me very sleepy, though it helps a little.

I was bummed to go back on these medications, as my dentist says I have dry mouth, likely relating to my health. My doctor took a rheumatoid panel, but it came out okay. I suspect the meds are drying out my mouth and causing cavities. Biotene is on my shopping list!

Can someone recommend a good muscle relaxant? I'm sure it depends on each person, but in your opinion, is there a better or 'best' muscle relaxant? Hopefully with few side effects, but we all know those are hard to find!

I've tried more natural things like magnesium malate and valerian, but not a lot of success there.

I keep as active as possible, do lots of stretching and this time of year, I'm out in my garden working daily, though I do get tired! I try to pace myself.

Trying not to stress about the 'what if's' which are so useless, but any advice appreciated! Just trying to keep moving and thinking positively and of course, continuing to pray.

Thanks for any thoughts. :-)
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 6/30/2016 6:56:56 AM (GMT-6)


Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/30/2016 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I'm sorry you seem to be in limbo with a possible new/additional diagnosis. You may want to ask for a new MRI if it's been more than a year. For me, I prefer flexiril. The sleepy side effects passed in a few days. I was able to work and carry on using it.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/30/2016 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks much for your reply, Gretchen.

Yes, it's actually been YEARS since I've had any MRIs, so I'm definitely due.

I'm also curious if a CT scan would be beneficial? They seem to cover more body "ground" than MRIs, though I do know MRIs can check for lesions (BTW, I love that last line in your signature!). It just seems like for some reason, several body areas seem involved, all at once. Would a CT scan find more? I suppose that's really a question for the neurologist, but maybe someone here has an opinion on that, too?

Hmm....maybe I do need to give the Flexeril another chance. I so seldom needed it for so long, that it's almost like starting over. Thanks for your heads up on the sleepy side effects passing.

I wish I could fast-forward to my appointment, but have several weeks to go. Hanging in there. :-)
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi

Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/30/2016 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My diagnosistic process started when I was hospitalized for severe vertigo. I could only walk with lots of support. My first night there, they did a CT scan. It was "normal." After being seen by a general neurologist, a brain MRI was ordered. I had an MRI the next day. That's when lesions were seen. So based on my own (limited) experience, it seems that MRIs seem to show more detail. I could be wrong though.

Hang in there while waiting. MS like so many illnesses, can become worse with stress and over exertion. Take care.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 7/5/2016 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again, Gretchen1. What you said about MRIs seems to make sense. When I first had issues years back, I had MRIs and no CT scans.

Yes, the waiting is difficult. Right now I'm having a good day, but they are sporadic. And you're right---as with fibromyalgia and other conditions, stress and over-exerting can be very nasty and exhausting.

I'm keeping as busy as I can body-wise, with cleaning, gardening and projects, and that also helps occupy my mind and any worries. So far, so good. I'll keep you posted. :-)
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi
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