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Does Anyone Use A Muscle Relaxer? If So How Does It Help?

Does Anyone Use A Muscle Relaxer? If So How Does It Help?

A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I take Tizanidine 4 mg daily at night. Or anytime during the day if I hurt bad, then take again at night before I sleep. It helps relax your muscles

posted 5 months ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I take Flexeril. It comes in 10 mg doses. It helps with my chronic back pain. I take about 5 mg at bedtime just so my back and relax so I can sleep. Sometimes when I wake up I might take a 2.5 mg dose, a fourth of a pill. I don’t like to take too much because I get sleepy on it. But if I’m having a bad pain flareup a fourth of a pill can help get me through the day. I’ve been using Flexeril for over 20 years. I read your story update. Were you ever able to try out a pool? Some water walking in mild stretching in the water might feel good. Even doing a whirl pool afterwards if you’re close to a YMCA. The heated whirl pool might help relax your muscles too.

posted 5 months ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Agree with above reply - occasionally take a half an Ativan (similar to Valium) if I haven’t slept well and dread a second sleepless night (which seems to spiral into symptomatic periods). I think used sparingly these are the very effective medications. Doctors don’t like to prescribe these as they are addictive. I will use 3-6 pills a year (break them into halves) which is so low use you can see if a Dr. would be willing to prescribe if you have any trouble.

posted 5 months ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I sometimes take Valium on nights when I know I will be tossing and turning, unable to sleep. A low dose gets me to sleep and relaxes the muscles. I am very careful with how often I take it as it is addictive; so it's only when really necessary. It feels like having drunk alcohol, makes you mellow and floppy.

posted 5 months ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Me too! 😏

posted 5 months ago
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