Muscle Relaxers Muscle spasms and pain are relieved by muscle relaxers. A muscle relaxer or a muscle relaxant is a drug which affects skeletal muscle function and decreases the muscle tone. Muscle relaxers are often abused and can be highly addictive.

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Old 04-11-2009, 06:39 PM
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I am prescribed Soma. My back surgery I had causes my muscles to ache if I overdo it. I don`t take them all day because I don`t want to get addicted. When I fist had my surgery I took them 3 times a day as prescribed. And believe me they helped a lot. Now I take maybe one a day. They can make you sleepy though.
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I think that you should follow your doctor's prescription. If Soma is being prescribed to you for three times a day, then you should take it as such.
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I did talk to my doctor about it and he said it was okay to just take it when I needed it. Not only can I not afford to take them 3 times a day, I don``t like to be drugged up all day either.
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What amount is your prescription for? Three times a day seems a bit excessive if it is a long term treatment. I know there are other combinations they can use, so that you don't get addicted to Soma. It is possible that you might need a pain reliever not just a muscle relaxer.

I also take Soma, but only occasionally. They first prescribed it after surgery on my stomach. I kept having these horrible muscle spasms. Thankfully, they got under control. But, in addition to Soma they also put me on Neurotin, to help with nerve damage pain. I wish you the best.
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It never hurts to get a second opinion, some times a different doctor may have a new view or treatment that may work better.
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I also take Soma. I take generic Vicodin too. Without them I am in severe pain all day. I`m afraid of getting addicted too. I only take them as prescribed but I have been on both for about 5 years now. What would happen if I stopped taking them? Would I go through withdrawl?
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When I worked a job as waitress, a lot of my coworkers were using these (without a prescription...) to stay comfortable for shifts that could last 12+ hours. They seemed to help, but it was obvious that a few people there really couldn't do their job without them, and that always bothered me a little bit.

To be fair, I always had to take at least two advil/tylenol before my long shifts. It was hard work on the body.
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I began having horrible muscle cramps in my back and was given Soma. As soon as I took the first pill, I knew I was in danger of addiction because I liked it so much, so I began to see a massage therepist and was able to quit using them within a week.
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I am allergic to Celebrex. I had torn rotator cuff sugery and that`s what they put me on. I was okay the first time. The second time I was put on Celebrex I broke out in hives and itched like crazy. My surgeon said that is happens like that sometimes.
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While I do believe that in most cases you should follow the advice of your doctor, you know your body and how it reacts to different medications. My sister is allergic to estrogen but the doctor she was seeing told her that was not possible. She finally quit taking it on her own after almost needing a tracheotomy due to her throat swelling shut. I am allergic to Amaryl, it causes me to have panic attacks. I had to change doctors because my doctor insisted on not changing my medication. My new doctor has been treating me without Amaryl for three years now and does not understand why my previous doctor prescribed it in the first place. Sometimes it just pays to get a second opinion.
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