Hi, Jacqueline. I've been away from the boards for a while and just now saw your post. I just thought I'd pass along my experience too, just in case it might help some. I hope this will make sense - I'm experiencing a rather "brain-foggy" day today...
For me, the two muscle relaxers that worked best are carisoprodol (Soma) and methocarbamol (Robaxin). The docs that Iíve been to lately, however, are reluctant to prescribe these two because of the high potential they have for addiction. Thatís what I was told, anyway. Personally, I thought all muscle relaxers have that potential, but Iím not medically trained, so what do I know?
Anyway, now Iím taking Baclofen (Lioresal) and it works pretty well for me, even at a low dose (10 mg/day). If I take more than that, then I get more sleepy, as you might expect, but if I take, for example, a half of a tablet in the morning and the other half in the afternoon, then take one tablet at bedtime, my muscle spasms and stiffness and pain are greatly reduced (it never seems to go away completely, but Iím functional, which Iíll take for now!
) My only annoying side effect is somewhat blurred vision; nothing major, but Iím used to being able to see really well, so itís irritating when I donít.
Oh, and it did make me drowsy, even at a low dose, for the first few days. Good luck!