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Do Muscle Relaxers Help With Pain
I have knee/leg pain i think for running is it ok that i took a muscle relaxant to help with pain?
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Perhaps habituating: Most muscle relaxant medications have little addiction or habituation risk. However, Soma (carisoprodol) or carisoprodal does metabolize to "miltown", an older sedative that was prone to abuse and definitely habit forming. And people do vary sharply in their responses to these types of medicines. If you feel there is a problem stopping or altering a dose, discuss at length with your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on what you mean by "muscle relaxers" (there are many different kinds) and what you mean by "high".
All meds have the potential to be disagreeable to an individual.
I suggest asking your pharmacist.
In the meanwhile, here's a bunch of info. Your q is good, but the answer is complicated!
http://now.Aapmr.Org/pmrjournals/201110_940_emergingconceptsinthetreatmentofmyofascial.Pdf. ...Read more
I have pain in my upper left back dr said pulled taking muscle relaxers off work how long before it heals still hurts?
Varies: It varies somewhat. But if it simply is a "pulled muscle" it sould be a lot better in3-5 days. If it is not better by that time, it just suggests there may be more going on. Some patients may think they just pulled a muscle, don't get better, and then will find they have done something more serious such as sustained a disc herniation. ...Read more
What are rebound effects from muscle relaxers? Some say its just pre-existing symptoms returning and others say its an increase in those symptoms?
Likely latter: Laura, I do not know a rebound effect of muscle relaxant exists but I do know that when patients take narcotics for pain for some time that they develop an addiction. When they stop taking the narcotics the previous symptom returns along with all the withdrawl which makes everything worse. Although a muscle relaxant is not a narcotic and should not be addictive, you can feel similar things. ...Read more
No: Your muscle problems may have a " beginning". With good musculoskeletal doctors you need to find an "end" that does not rely on medications. If you think you have an addiction risk, speak to your physician. Alcohol, tobacco, and addictive eating habits may be clues to your misuse of muscle relaxers. ...Read more
Herbal muscle meds: Muscle spasms and cramps should be medically evaluated to determine if they represent major medical problems. If they have been found to be benign, then same has been found to work, as well as ice massage, hot showers with stretching of the involved area, massage, myofascial release, and relaxation. ...Read more
Depends on what kind: There are many different chemical classes of drugs which relax muscles. Benzodiazepines show up on drug tests, and if you are prescribed these, that should not cause a problem unless you are in a safety-sensitive job. Soma (carisoprodol) is metabolized to meprobamate, a barbiturate-like drug which some testing kits might look for. Robaxin, (methocarbamol) Flexeril and others generally don't cause + tests. ...Read more
Unlikely: You need to see a neurologist about this. There are conditions that can cause the whole body to be restless and these are best evaluated by a neurologist specializing in movement disorders.It can be caused by medications, but i don't believe that the muscle relaxers are among them. I could be wrong, however, the main thing is that you get it treated for your own sanity. It sounds dreadful.Good luc. ...Read more
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Family practice: You will be fine. See your dr if you are having that much pain. Don't take any more until you are seen. ...Read more
Ask your PCP : Various drugs have been developed to affect the muscle contraction. Commonly used centrally acting muscle relaxants includes Lioresal, Soma, Flexeril, Skelaxin, (metaxalone) and Robaxin. Infrequently used muscle relaxants include Norflex) and Zanaflex. Many side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, headache and lethargy. Ask your PCP to adjust the medication for your needs. ...Read more
Muscle relaxers: Muscle relaxers can come in liquid form but they may not be the best answer to your TMJ problems. First question is have you been diagnosed with tmd or with myofascial pain disorder or bruxism, yadayadayada. It would be better to treat the problem rather than the symptom. A good dental visit should be able to direct you accordingly. I hope it feels better soon. ...Read more
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