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    Old 08-06-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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    Muscle Relaxors for Sciatica?

    I've had on and off sciatic pain since 2004 along with two discectomies. However the past few months have been the worst. I am told I have nerve damage and their is no compression that can be seen on the MRI's. From a surgical standpoint, there is nothing else to be done at this point, so off I am sent to the Pain Managment doctor.

    He has been pretty good. I've had a couple steroid injections that do help wonderfully, but wear off only after a few weeks. So, now I am on vicodin and neurontin. But I was thinking the other day, I wonder if a muscle relaxor would help too. When I sit for any longer than a few minutes, I get this horrible spasm down my leg. It tightens all up and HURTS. My pain level in the beginning of the day is bearable. But my noontime, my sciatic pain is enough for pain medication.

    Do you think a muscle relaxor would be beneficial to me?

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    Old 08-06-2008, 10:41 AM   #2
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    Re: Muscle Relaxors for Sciatica?

    What have you to loose? I would give it a go. Some people get great relief with a combination of an antiinflamatory and muscle relaxant. Good luck

    Old 08-06-2008, 11:06 AM   #3
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    Anything is worth a try. Sometimes I will Soma as an emergency when all else has failed and not worked.

    Old 08-06-2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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    I take Soma every day, usually at least twice. I take it when i wake up and when I go to bed, never fail. Sometimes I also take it mid-afternoon. It really really helps. If I don't take it, I have the spasms you describe. I was on Skelaxin for a long time, but it just wasn't cutting it. I was switched to Soma about a month ago and it really made a difference.

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    Old 08-06-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
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    Hey 10Sox,

    While muscle spasms and nerve pain are two separate things, I believe that spasms can cause nerve compression, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to try. Let us know how it goes. Take care, CMP/MM

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