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Natural Muscle Relaxants For Back 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Muscle relaxant or antiflammatory for stiff painful back due to arthritis of back and spinal stenosis. Also muscle spasms?
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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
Sharp localized pain in mid upper spine. Happens at night for hours tried heat and pain killers and muscle relaxer nothing works?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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