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    Old 03-28-2003, 01:17 PM   #1
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    Post Zanaflex/Caprisoprodol/Soma for sciatica anyone?

    Anti-inflammatory drugs haven't been helping me a whole lot since my sciatica is also due to tight muscle problem as well as my L4-L5 disc. Has anyone tried those muscle relaxants and benefitted for sciatic nerve pain? Please share your experience.

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    Old 03-29-2003, 02:29 PM   #2
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    Hi regularjoe and welcome

    The only thing that helped with sciatic pain for me was taking Myocalm. It is a 'natural' muscle relaxant that will take the 'nip' off the sciatic pain. It doesn't have a real pleasant smell, but it worked for me. Try sitting less that most likely aggravates the sciatic pain. Have you tried PT? How about water therapy? Even floating in the water was fabulous ... the best for sciatic pain.

    Have you tried tylenol PM too? Getting SLEEP is one of the only ways to lessen sciatic pain. The muscles and nerves need their rest. This is why each day seems worse than the last with Sciatica....the nerves aren't able to rest from the day's aggravations and has to get up and start some more. "Resting your back" is not what I'm saying. You are still answering the phone, taking a sip of water, or changing the channel. When you aren't moving, plain and simple.

    Oh yeah...soma did help after my surgery. It was definitely better than flexeril (for me).

    Good luck to you and I hope this helps.

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    Dec 2001: Discogram/CT scan shows Inverted Hernia at L5-S1. L4-L5 & L5-S1 ruptured in all 4 quadrants. Unable to walk.
    Feb 2002: IDET, Nucleoplasty, Intra-Discal Injections
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    Old 03-29-2003, 05:51 PM   #3
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    I have found that soma helps my muscle spasms but it makes me so fuzzy. Recently I have been using a patch that works really well on localized muscle spasms just to take off the edge to get you thru it. They are called Lidoderm (Lidocaine 5% patch) I had to mention it to my doc.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    Old 03-29-2003, 06:35 PM   #4
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    Hi, I have two large herniations, I take both anti-immflammoratorys for the swelling in the back and soma for the spasming from the back down the leg, I cannot deal with the spasming without the muscle relaxer but it doesn't make me drowsy or anything like that. That and i have found that soma in generic form is a lot more affordable than some of the other stuff the doctors prescribe. Onyx
    L4/L5(9mm)L5/S1(6mm)Herniations since 12/26/02 Severe Spasming down Left Buttock/Leg and Foot
    Two Level Discetomy/Laminotomy (Micro)on 8/5/03
    Leg Pain Gone Still some numbness in lower leg and foot, but was worth it. Hoping to heal well.

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    Thank you all for your inputs. They were very helpful.

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