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Doctor insights on: Natural Muscle Relaxants For Back Pain

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Best muscle relaxers for muscle pain?

Best muscle relaxers for muscle pain?

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

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Relaxant (Definition)

A relaxant generally refers to a pharmaceutical that either relieves muscles tension or spasm (e.g. Robaxin, (methocarbamol) soma), relieves anxiety and helps one relax (such as xanax). One can become dependent on anti-anxiety medications when used for prolonged periods of time, high dosages used. These drugs must be managed by a medical professional, and if taking for months, should ...Read more


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Do OTC muscle relaxants work for back pain?

Do OTC muscle relaxants work for back pain?

No: 1. There is very little evidence supporting prescription muscle relaxants for back pain. 2. Muscle relaxants are really central nervous system relaxants. 3. The key to back pain is patience. It goes away on its own, but can take up to weeks. 4. Consult a site such as this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information ...Read more

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What's better for jaw pain? Splint or muscle relaxer?

What's better for jaw pain? Splint or muscle relaxer?

Depends: Depends on the circumstances. If anxiety and stress causing clenching which is causing jaw pain, perhaps medically treating anxiety/stress is the solution. If you are asking specifically about muscle relaxers vs splint, either could be used. Best approach is to have your case managed by a TMJ-orofacial pain expert. ...Read more

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Muscle relaxant or antiflammatory for stiff painful back due to arthritis of back and spinal stenosis. Also muscle spasms?

Muscle relaxant or antiflammatory for stiff painful back due to arthritis of back and spinal stenosis. Also muscle spasms?

Medications: Valium 5 mg as needed can help with intermittent muscle spasms. As for back pain, over the counter ibuprofen taken around the clock can help along with modification of activity. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for severe lowere back spasms aside from muscle relaxers and pain pills?

What is the best cure for severe lowere back spasms aside from muscle relaxers and pain pills?

Cure Difficult: Some attention to finding out the cause of your spasm is necessary. Cures are difficult of most causes of muscle spasm but with attention to local conditions like trigger points, the use of therapeutic exercise such demonstrated by a physical therapist can be valuable. Also, don't overlook, activity like yoga or pilates which over time can help tremendously. ...Read more

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Sharp localized pain in mid upper spine. Happens at night for hours tried heat and pain killers and muscle relaxer nothing works?

Sharp localized pain in mid upper spine.  Happens at night for hours tried heat and pain killers and muscle relaxer nothing works?

Night pain: One of the hallmarks of a potential problem in a young patient is night time pain/awakening. Even such, benign causes are most common. Nonetheless, pain at night would prompt me to recommend x-rays/mri and i would suggest a spine physician see you. ...Read more

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Best OTC medicine for lower back pain pobably a back spasm?

Best OTC medicine for lower back pain pobably a back spasm?

Try heat too: Ice is great if you have pain, tenderness, swelling and inflammation but ice will leave you tight and sometimes increase spasms. Follow the ice with heat (15-20 min. Only) and that will help relax the muscles. Otcs like Ibuprofen can also help at times. If symptoms persist, talk to you doc about rx options. ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxers help with hip pain?

Can muscle relaxers help with hip pain?

Yes but: Muscle relaxers can help with the pain from muscle spasm but it is uncommon to use them alone in large joint pain. They are more commonly used with nonsteroidal drugs which can relieve both pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

See below: I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). ...Read more

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Is there a natural pain reliever that works on severe back pain and spasms?

Is there a natural pain reliever that works on severe back pain and spasms?

Refer to the answer: There are natural anti inflammatory agents/food, they may be helpful and not. They are grapefruit, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, and cumin. Back pain has a lot of causes, if problem persist , please seek help from your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a natural pain reliever that works on back pain and spasms?

Few of them: Ginger, garlic and ginkgo biloba, cayenne have been used for many years for arthritis nd back pain. ...Read more

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I have both robaxin and zanaflex (tizanidine).One was for bladder spasm other for muscle pain. Which would be better for knotted muscles & soreness in abs/ribs.

Here are some...: Both drugs share similar mechanism and indication to ease musculoskeletal pain as well as have similar profile of side effects. Before succumbing to their long-term use, ask the treating doctor about why you have had the pain - if physically related or of unknown cause? Based on such, formulate a long-term plan of caring your pain. And behavioral modification & physical therapy are the first line. ...Read more

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What is a good pain reliever/muscle relaxer for severe back pain?

See your doctor: Get evaluated by your doctor, following this he/she will develop a treatment plan. It is important that an underlying issue is not masked by meds. Also, other than for a few days 3-4 days, taking muscle relaxers/pain medication for back pain longer than this is not really advisable, except for a few pathologies (for example cancer, recent surgery, things in that line). ...Read more

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Left hip/lower back pain weeks no better take anti-inflam muscle relaxer. ER doc treated for sciatica hip area Inflam pain unbearable loss appetite ?

Left hip/lower back pain weeks no better take anti-inflam  muscle relaxer. ER doc treated for sciatica hip area
Inflam pain unbearable loss appetite ?

See a specialist: There are many causes of hip/low back pain. Most of these causes are related to the muscles, joints, ligaments, and bones in the back. Other causes could stem from problems with kidney, bladder, or reproductive organs. Further work up is required. Ask to see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural pain reliever that really work on severe back pain and spasms?

Can there be a natural pain reliever that really work on severe back pain and spasms?

Capsaicin: Salonpas hot patches j&j back plasters are available at cvs and walgreen's. Read the label to ensure that they are the capsaicin and not mentholatum. Other brands available. Capsaicin rubs are also great but need to be reapplied every 4 hours. The patches are good 12 hours on/12 hours off (to avoid a diaper rash underneath). Try regularly a couple days to allow to penetrate. ...Read more

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Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? Ive tried stretching, jacuzzi,Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.

Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? Ive tried stretching, jacuzzi,Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.

Epsom salts: Try taking a warm soaking bath in Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate), 1/2 to 1 cup in the bath water. Magnesium is the best muscle relaxer. It may take multiple baths to treat the muscle spasms. Make sure that you are drinking enough water to keep your urine pale yellow to clear. ...Read more

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What are recommended yoga positions for back pain relief?

What are recommended yoga positions for back pain relief?

Experiment: Yoga is a way to stretch. Keeping your "core" (tummy and back muscles) limber and strong can help reduce back pain. Experiment with the movements and positions. Choose those that work the "core." a little discomfort is okay. If a position is really uncomfortable (during or after), try something different. ...Read more

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Muscle Twitches (Definition)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

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