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I want my psychiatrist to realize the chronic back pain I have. How do I explain to him that a muscle relaxant would help. I'm not looking for opioids?

Not psychiatrist. Chronic back pain needs a workup -- starting with your family physician and possibly others. Your psychiatrist would most likely not be managing muscle relaxants unless s/he is also a pain medicine doctor and this is part of your treatment contract with him or her. Your psychiatrist may understand that you have pain, but encourage you to work with the appropriate doctors to assess ; treat this. Read more...
Wrong person to ask. A psychiatrist is probably not the right person to consult for back pain. I would recommend a primary care doc. Be careful about just asking for "muscle relaxants" believing that they are innocuous and not prone to habituation. It would be best rather to investigate why a 17 year old has "chronic" (>3 months duration) back pain. If you are on any psychoactive meds be cautious with add ons. Read more...