Flexeril and surgery

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I have 11 years clean and sober. I have recently had spinal surgery (Chiari Malformation Type I and Occult Tethered Cord Syndrome). I am currently tapering off of Flexeril and Tramadol. I know that narcotics and some non- narcotics are sometimes essential for the relief of pain following surgery. I also know that w/d from many drugs can be very difficult for some people.
Why don't you call you Pharmacist and tell them what happened and ask them about the Flexeril and see what they think about it. Whether or not it JUST caused this by itself OR if it interacted with something else that you are taking. Curious about what you find out.....
I have tried several muscle relaxers over the years for my shoulder pain and flexeril is the only one that works for me. It helps with the pain and also helps me to sleep. I am really sensitive to medication so I usually only take half of a 10 mg tablet at bedtime. Sometimes when I am in a a lot of pain during the day I'll take a quarter. It helps without making me too tired. Hope this helps some.
I was on Four Norco 10/325, One 300mg Tramadol, Three 10mg Flexeril and Three 600mg gabapentin daily. The meds were no longer working & had my DH not locked them up I would have been over the prescribed amounts.
by the end of that 4 day stretch I was starting to get concerned because I was having some pain/spasms down my L arm...so I went and saw my GP who diagnosed 2 pinched nerves...Flexeril and Solumedrol Pack given...come back if needed(I worked for him for 3 years so it's a more relaxed relationship more so then your normal MD/Patient)...took my meds...continued working...
The pain is constant and never goes away. I am on anti-inflammitory meds, as well as neurotin and flexeril and pain meds. I haven't found any relief.
(I actually have a sacroiliac steriod injection tomorrow.) I am also taking gabapentin, mobic and flexeril. So far I haven't gotten much relief from the pain. When your surgeon gets back, I'm sure he will be able to explain things to you. I hope you find what works for you.
Ive just been diagnosed with grade 1 anterolisthesis of L3 on L4 with sub adjacent bulging disc and disc desiccation and disc space narrowing and multi level Hypertrophifc facet arthopathy. What does this mean? I take motrin 800 once daily and flexeril 10 mg once a night. There port says moderately severe cental canal and neural foraminal narrowing> How serious is it ? What other medications are used to deal with the pain?
I am taking Tylenol and ibprophen and the Oxi and flexeril and magnesium. I put heat and ice on it. I don't know what else to do. I was barely taking any rx pain killers a few weeks ago and ever since I increased my activity I had to up my dose. They said I would but I didn't want to. Is there anything you guys did to help that I haven't done?
He prescribed a month of flexeril and motrin and some bloodwork. I took the flexeril last night and although I was still having the twitches, they seemed a little softer. After laying down though, my left leg began vibrating like crazy. It felt like it was like a back massager and I couldn't sleep for an hour because of it. This morning I woke up with a rash all over both arms & aches in the joints on my left side again & twitching mainly on left side, but some in right arm/leg.
Did she have an appointment with the surgeon after surgery?....I had surgery in May also and saw my NS 3 weeks later.....my next appointment is in Dec. U should get in touch with the dr as other related conditions can be triggered from a PFD or she may have an infection or a CSF leak. Everyone"s rate of healing will be different, but she is approx 2 months post op, so I would get on the phone ASAP and talk with her dr.
were you on pain meds and muscle relaxants before the surgery daily? and now you have found enough relief through surgery to be without them?
My shoulder surgery was not exactly the same as yours so not sure everything I'll say will relate to your surgery or recovery. I had shoulder replacement surgery and rotator cuff repair in September 08. I also had the nerve block and general anesthesia for it. you will be numb for about the 12 hours after surgery with the nerve block. That, for me, was pretty freaky - being able to see my arm, but being totally unable to feel or move it.
I didn't have any for about 7 years and these occurred 3 weeks after neck surgery and the doctotrs are blaming the headaches on the surgery. I've had the CT scan with contrast with negative results, got cortisone shots in the occipital nerves in my head, and was was released with lingering head pain which I still have to this day. I'm taking Topamax and Flexeril, and after yesterday, Xanax, and my head finally feels a little better.
I have been on Methadone for the past 5 years and also take Lortab for break through pain and also Celebrex and have a TENS unit. I have been to lots of specialist and everyone reccomends different things which Workmans Comp seldom will pay for. Finally After almost 8 years I get to go back to the Neurosurgeon to discuss surgery options on the 20th of April. following is my MRI results condensed. at L3-L4 there is a diffuse posterior disc bulge without evidence of hernation.
But now, have almost daily muscle spasms in my neck, starting at base of skull and going down into my left shoulder and sharp pain at the base of my skull, especially with looking up or looking down. I wasn't expecting so much range of motion issues after surgery. I have tried PT and cervical traction. Follow up MRI in the summer showed "broad based extradural defects c5-6, C6-7 with slight flattening of the cervical cord at the c5-6 level. No evidence of cord compression".
I had spinal fusion on my L5 5 weeks ago, and i am now hurting now more then i ever did before surgery. My Doc said he had the surgery and was back to work in 2 weeks. At 2weeks for me i was hurting so bad i thought i had messed up my fusion. So i went to see my my doc and had an xray and was told it was fine. He gave me a RX and said it was my last one. So i have had nothing for pain since 3 weeks after surgery.
I am suppose to have neck surgery next week and ham having second thought galore a big struggle.I have had right sided neck pain and shoulder spasms accross the top of my shoulder since feb,I woke up as if i had slept horribly worng.I am afraid it will lead to more damage or more surgeries later.I have a bone spur with mild right sided nueraminal narrowing at this level.
I think it's getting to the point where I have to ask my family doc to prescribe me something stronger for pain control, because the pain is getting more and more frequent. I'v e tried regular otc meds like tylenol and Ibruprofen and in the past nsaids like Toradol and Naproxen. But they just dont seem to relieve the pain. Would you have any suggestions Dr J?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Yet she would rather me avoid the surgery given my age. Other people say that surgery is extensive and is very long to recover from and has some risks. What surgery did your mom have and how quickly was she able to recover? Walking? Workout? And etc.? I will probably start PT next week, but honestly, I don't hope for nor expect any improvement.
Too bad am working today and my doctor who is in Puerto Rico is on vacation. Today I took my Lyrica, Lodine and the Flexeril and no improvement at all. As i know by now I have better days than others, hopefully tomorrow will be a better one.
I have been on 100 mugs for about a year 1/2 and want to have the dr lower me safely . So should I attempt this now? Or wait and see after surgery. And even after surgery try my best not to use anything more for breakthrough pain unless I am out of my mind in pain . I know all these meds have taken my quality of life go way down.
Is it 'typical' to have hip and leg pain 9 years after my second scoliosis surgery? I had my first surgery at age 13 and the rods extended to L3 but my bottom curve (originally a S curve; don't remember degrees?) and I began to experience pain as well as bulging of my upper right back/shoulder blade. So, in 2001, at age 18, I had my second scoliosis surgery with the same doctor (very well known and respected) and this time they replaced my old rods with Herrington rods from L1-L5.
See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness, Neurontin for anxiety and malaise, some Flexeril or Soma for a few weeks for muscle spasms and maybe some Seroquel low dose, for sleep. It will make your withdrawals easier. Valerian and Magnesium is sometimes helpful remedies over the counter. The residual symptoms of insomnia and depression can last another few months.
  See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness, Neurontin for anxiety and malaise, some Flexeril or Soma for a few weeks for muscle spasms and maybe some Seroquel low dose for sleep. It will make withdrawals easier.  Please don't start taking the Oxys again as it will only throw you back into withdrawals once you stop again, or make you relapse.  Valerian and Magnesium is sometimes helpful remedies over the counter.
Was perform bone graft and titanium frame was placed. Surgery was excellent. I did not loose energy and was very alert after surgery. Five days later I noticed swelling around the incision. Surgeon said my dura was leaking during surgery and he had patched it. Same dura was leaking again. He performed another surgery on Dec 21 to patch the leak. It failed too. After that I was placed flat on bed for 7 days.
There are so many different things that go into a successful surgery, and the surgeon is only one. If you haven't had an MRI in the past 3 years, it might be useful to have another one done just to see if your condition has changed. If it's become much worse, that might be a good place to start in making your decision. Of course, no surgeon will touch you without having a recent MRI anyway. What is the issue? Do you have a ruptured disc at that level?
I can't stop taking them because it's hard to tell what'll happen if that pain comes back. Back surgery seems like the only solution. And yes my doctor knows about the issues with Ambien and Toradol. I have never been dishonest with him about how I am coping with my pain.
On April 5, 2010 and until then, I am to wear my soft cervical collar for support, take my Ibuprofen for inflammation and pain and Flexeril for muscle spasms and REST. You are amazing and I know God sent you to me to give me peace of mind! I am sooo grateful for you, your expertise and knowledge as well as compassion! I am frustrated with pain, limitations and being sedentary.
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