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Hey Brian: I've taken every muscle relaxer known to man for my chronic myofascial pain. I have constant spasms in just about any given part of my body.

I also have nerve pain (herniated discs and neuropathy) and have never liked any of the commonly Rx'd meds for that. (neurontin, topomax, etc.) 1) They never really helped with the nerve pain, 2) They made me feel like a zombie all the time, like I really didn't care one way or another about anything. I hated that feeling. It was like I was this robot, without the ability to feel happy or sad or angry etc. It was just creepy.

The Soma is the only MR that has ever helped w/my spasms. I've been on it for so many years that I occasioally have to take a "break" from it, due to tolerance. I usually go with the flexaril during these breaks, because zanaflex never did anything. Flexaril makes me super sleepy, but that usually tapers w/use.

I've been told that the Lyrica (which I know you take now) was the best for nerve pain, but I've never tried it. Did this article you read say something about muscle relaxers being beneficial for nerve pain? Let me know if you get a chance. Take care, cmpgirl:)
[QUOTE=cmpgirl;3474434]Did this article you read say something about muscle relaxers being beneficial for nerve pain? [/QUOTE]

Well, it was the American Chronic Pain Association article on chronic pain meds and it was extremely informative being like 60 pages. You could just go to their site and look at it. It said there was some success with the above medications concerning nerve pain. It said Klonopin acted like an anti-convulsant (ie. Neurontin, Lyrica, etc.) although it is a benzo anxiety medication. The interesting this is this does not hold true for the other benzodiazepines (ie. Xanax, Valium, Ativan, etc.). I don't really remember what it said about the other ones but enjoy perusing the massive research article.


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