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Old 04-04-2004, 05:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy What Medicine For Back Spasms?

Am new to the board and need alittle help. I have recently been have muscle spasms in my lower back starting to slowy creep up in my shoulders they will occur about every hour. I have search to board and the net to find some ways to ease the pain. Stretching - I have done this and it helps to relive the pain for alittle awhile to tends to come back. I have seen that taking in " Calcium and Magnesium " will help. So, I was wondering what kind of medicine would you recommend contaning " Calcium and Magnesium " ? will help with these spasms. Thanxs!

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Old 04-04-2004, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

Welcome to the Boards!

I don't know about alternative medicine or medications with calcium and magnesium. But I can tell you that a low dose of zanaflex taken 3 times a day works well. It is a prescription medicine specifically for the treatment of muscle spasms.

Old 04-04-2004, 12:04 PM   #3
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

[COLOR=Purple][FONT=Georgia]The best thing you can do is to make an appt with an orthopedic doctor and try to find out what is causing the spasms. I don't know of anything over the counter that would help. You might try using heat and/or ice for relief.
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:08 PM   #4
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

I take Calcium and Magnesium in a product called Calmag. This is not a medicine. I don't know if you can buy it in a local health food store (I'm in Denmark). But you can get it online.

Old 04-04-2004, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

I bought some from my chiropractor. I think is was just 'calcium with magnesium' or else you shoud be able to by it at a health store - like GNC. I also take Zanaflex - that works pretty well. It's a prescription muscle relaxer. I also agree that you should have things checked out farther. Muscle spasms are typically a result of some other under lying condition.
Good luck! I hope some of these suggestions help!

Old 04-05-2004, 01:21 AM   #6
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

Hi there,

Post surgery spasms - valium will setlte them instantly though this is not over the counter. If pre-surgery im not too sure, i mean valium would work the same but its a worry you're getting spasms if you havent had surgery. This is definately something you need to seek medical advise on.


Old 04-05-2004, 05:10 PM   #7
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

Have you had back surgery? Or have you even diagnostic with any back problem (e.g. herniation, etc)?

If not, and you are just having muscle spasms, go swimming! It is the best medicine. Some one told me that Yoga really helped.

Also you can take Naproxene Sodium. It is an anti-inflammatory that you can buy over the counter.

If problem persist, go to ortho Dr.


Old 04-06-2004, 02:23 PM   #8
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

I have wicked muscle spasms. They, too extend all the way to my shoulders from my low back. I take calcium/magnesium, stretch, do breathing techniques, take jacuzzi baths, muscel relaxers, etc. ,but I still have the spasms. My pm dr. just prescribed baclofen. It is working on the spasms well, but is making me alittle loopy.
Good luck,

Old 04-06-2004, 03:15 PM   #9
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

I have had very good success with kava kava or valerian for keeping muscle spasms from spiraling out of control. These are both herbal extracts that can be purchased in a health foods store. After trial and error, I only use the tinctures because then I can tell whether they taste right. Unfortunately, if they are made properly with good quality plants, they both taste pretty bad. But when the pain is bad this is trivial. I have tried some brands of tinctures and capsules and they do absolutely nothing. I would have liked them to work because the poorer quality products are generally cheaper. I don't know if it is ok to say it on this board, but I find Gaia to be the best brand. The kava is the most effective for me, but since there are concerns about liver damage with too much use, I reserve it for the really bad days. I hope this is a little bit helpful.

Old 04-07-2004, 08:50 PM   #10
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Re: What Medicine For Back Spasms?

Any kind of Ca/Mg that is chelated is more readily absorbed. It is in a form your body can use.

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