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Orphenadrine ER

I’m used to soma for muscle relaxer
I drove off a ravine and hit a tree. It was bad I took a jar pretty hard and hit my head.

The orphenadrine is extended release

A: You don’t say how bad the car accident was. I was in a very bad one 24 years ago, and went to a specialist who was a quack, who put me on muscle relaxers. They did absolutely no good. A friend sent me to a chiropractor, who took x-rays and referred me to a neurologist who told me that I had torn my muscles and ligaments from my neck on down, stretched my tendons to where there was no surgery that could possibly ever help me, that chiropractic was my only choice for treatment, and that I could count on getting arthritis in my 40’s.
He was absolutely right. The only thing that helps to relieve the chronic pain is monthly chiropractic treatments, and having an occasional beer. I also won a settlement in a jury trial for pain and suffering for the rest of my life. You should go to a chiropractor and have x-rays taken. (I also had physical therapy).

Q: Sunday car accident?
I was in a car accident Sunday Night. It hurt alot. I went off a ravine and hit a tree. Taken to hospital by ambulance. They gave me toradol for pain and sent me home. I followed up with Family Doctor today for pain in back and arms and he gave me Durabac Forte and Orphenadrine ER 100mg to take. This is totally new to me. Has anyone ever taken these and do they work to take the pain away? I cant feel a change yet and I took the meds 1 hour ago?

I’m used to soma for muscle relaxer.

A: Sorry to hear about your accident.

I have worked with these medications before but they are not very commonly prescribed.

Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. This will help with joint pain and minor aches. You can achieve the same reflief by taking 800mg Ibuprofen.

Orphenadrine is a skeletal muscle relaxant. You usually won’t feel relief from it right away. In my experience it can sometimes take a few days for them to start working.

Durabac Forte is a combo drug. It contains Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Magnesium Salicylate, and Phenyltoloxamine. This is also classified as a NSAID. I’m curious as to why he put you on this also. Hmm…

It sounds as if your doctors are trying to keep you off narcotics (Vicodin, Percocet, etc). If these muscle relaxants don’t work I would advise you to talk to your doctor about another alternative. Robaxin is a stronger muscle relaxant with a greater half life. If the pain is so severe then you may want to try Tramadol, Darvocet, or a low dose of Vicodin. Be careful with those because they ARE habit forming.

For long term or chronic pain you can try neurontin. This won’t give you a buzz or immediate relief like hydro or oxy does but it can alleviate some minor aches and pains.

Hope this helps!

Q: I have had a headache for 8 days now help please?
ok I have a headache ER Dr says it is cluster headache but will not get any relief from this. taking orphenadrine and naproxen sodium any ideas how i can get over this.

A: I have found that taking 4 Ibuprophen and drink a cup of hot coffee or hot tea helps me.
I get migrains and I take the Ibuprophen and drink the hot drink.and then go to bed with the shades drawn and the door closed. Within an hour or so mine is gone.

Good Luck…headaches are horrible I know

Q: frustrated…what to do?
I have been having severe lower back pain for over 2 weeks now. The last couple days have been the worst. I went to a doctor on monday, and he prescribed me Orphenadrine and Celebrex. No change; even when I’m on the muscle relaxer I am still in pain.

Today it became unbearable so I went to the ER. Knowing the other meds I am taking, they gave me 2 shots and a Percocet. So here is a list of all of the medications in my body right now:

one Percocet (pain med), an anti-inflammatory shot, a shot of Flexarin (muscle relaxer), an Oxycodone (pain med), a Celebrex (anti-inflammatory), and Orphenadrine (muscle relaxer)…plus two other medications i take daily.

All of this, and my back does not feel even a bit better. This surprises me because Percocet is supposed to be pretty hardcore, right? I’m just frustrated because the people in the ER didn’t stretch me out to see where my back hurt, didn’t even look at my back, and didn’t even ASK where it hurt until they were about to jab me with two needles. I know that they are experts and I am not, but I do consider myself an expert on my own body and I KNOW that something isn’t right. If muscle relaxers aren’t working, it probably isn’t a muscular problem, right?

I am taking all of the drugs, having plenty of rest, doing some stretches, using heat and cold, and ibuprofen when I can’t be on the narcotics. Still no change. It is only getting worse. I don’t know what to do. I was hoping for an MRI or x-ray so I could at least know what is wrong instead of loading up on more meds.

So what is my next step? I don’t know what to do.

A: ~ hi ~! I’m very sorry for the back pain you’re experiencing and as someone that has experienced issues with my spine, I totally understand your pain. It is so frustrating when you feel like you’re getting the runaround.

At this point you really need to find out the source of the pain and if the pain has been going on for two weeks then it is obvious there must be something going on. All pain medication can offer is temporary relief, but it does not get to the root of the problem. I’m surprised that the ER didn’t bother to do an X-Ray or an MRI. At this point you really need to be assertive and let your Doctor know that you need further testing – that this pain is unbearable.

An X-Ray will reveal what’s going on with the discs themselves – alignment, spacing and if a disc has collapsed. An MRI will reveal what’s going on with the soft tissue (like if a disc has herniated). If an X-Ray doesn’t reveal much, the next step should be an MRI to make sure you don’t have a herniated disc. I have found often had to be very assertive with my Doctors to ensure that the proper tests were ordered.

Also, an Orthopedic spinal specialist will recommend the proper intervention to ensure you get the treatment your spine needs.

I hope you get answers and relief soon, you’re in my thoughts.

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