Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Pain is complicated! There are several types of pain including nerve pain and muscle pain. Although they often feel the same to a patient, a doctor knows that trying to clarify the type of pain often points to a more helpful solution. Muscle relaxants are often more effective than pain killers and so can be more appropriate for certain types of pain.
Pain treatment. Muscle relaxants refer to a class of medications. Like other classes of medications such as nsaids , muscle relaxants are commonly used to treat neck and back pain.

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Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

Yes. Diazepam is a "minor tranquilizer" which has muscle-relaxing properties. Among its side-effects are drowsiness, and that it's habit-forming. Read more...
Can be. There are no good muscle relaxants- think about it-if you take a pill that hits all your muscles and made them relax (not contract) you would be too weak to stand. All meds are a compromise to try to decrease spasms, but not be too dangerous. Diazepam (valium) is one that can be used in this manner. But must be used carefully as people can become dependant upon it. Short term use (days) only. Read more...