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Robaxin Medication

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A: I took flexeril…it does not work for me. I was in a baaaad quading accident and was given this med. for my lifelong injuries to my knee and i had major sugery on my shoulder for something else so i use it for that, i stoped tho because it doesn’t work for me, but hey, everyone’s different. I have never tried the other med. though

Q: Why Do the Doctors I See Refuse to Give Me Pain Medication Anymore?
I have been suffering with a back injury I received in 2001 and it is constantly being flared up by little things, like getting out of bed in the morning. Anyway, it’s been flaring up HORRIBLE lately and I had to drag myself to the ER here for help. My blood pressure was through the roof due to the pain I was in and I was taken right back to see the doctor. It was a PA and she gave me Lortab and Flexeril to take and said it should help. It did not. I had to go back to the ER a couple days later and see them again. This time they did x-rays and discovered it was not bone related but muscular. The doctor changed my medication to Percocet 7.5 and Robaxin 750. It worked like a charm. I was pain free for the next 3 weeks that I was taking that. Unfortunately, I ran out and the pain came right back. Ever since then the doctors at the hospital REFUSE to give me anything. I’ve been offered Tramadol, AnaProx and Motrin 800. These meds are all jokes to my pain. What can I do? I am suffering!
Just to let you know, I do not and cannot afford a regular doctor. I can not afford to go to a pain management clinic as they charge $500.00 just for the initial visit! I am a very broke person in a great deal of pain and I need help from a kind and caring doctor.

A: HI,
OMG! I’ve already been through exactaly what you’re prescribing. Unfortunately you’re going to have to keep looking until you find someone who actually “believes” the pain you’re experiencing. It’s an awful vicious circle/. it took me nearly 5 years of chronic lower back and leg pain to finally get a doc to treat me and the ER’s to once agian “treat” me with dilauded shots IV…it’s not to say that I still once in a while don’t run into a doctor that doesn’t want to treat me at the ER but over the years they’ve seen I’m not abusing the drugs or running there when I didn’t have to. I was in a wicked faze a while back that left me no choice but to go to the ER. You need to find a physician who specializes in chronic pain…and it’s going to be a crap shoot. It’s awful dealing with the pain alone let alone having to go and literally “plead your case” each and every time you visit a doctor or ER. Firstly from now on get every copy of what they did to you and diagnosis from here on out and make a folder with your treatments you’ve tried seeking. This way you have it to show any doctor you might visit…and also the ER. Call your x-ray departments and if I were you I’d ask them to do an MRI and a CT. scan just to have and see if you get more results. I have fibromyalgia and nerve damage. I wouldnt be surprised if you have nerve root damage as well. Tghis type of pain is a 10+ and will really make you want to go crazy. Sooner then later you will probably suffer a depression not only from your chronic pain but from the endless effort you cry from the roof tops to physicians for help…and they (some) prefer to lump you into the “drug addict” catagory. Simply not fair and frankly inhumaine. I wish you all the love and luck in the world..I will keep you in my prayers. I now take morphine sulphate 30 mgs(ms contin) 3 times a day and I take hydrocodone for break thriugh pain. Possibly you could mention these meds to one of the doctors you see. Don’t give up….keep trying…you will find someone to help you. If you have to cry in the office …cry. The mental and physical pain you are made to endure will break you down. Allow the doctor to see that and try explaining to the best of your ability the pain you feel each and every day. Look your doctor in the eye and tell the truth. I do believe it wont be long until you do find a doctor whose willing to ease your pain.
Eileen..a chronic pain sufferer.

Q: What is this medication for?
I have been given a prescripton for Robaxin. Whats it for.

A: I took it for muscle relaxant and didn’t work for me.

Q: Scared to take a medication prescribed today (vicodin). Any advice?
I went in for my back pain today, and I was prescribed 3 medications after a thorough and painful examination: Medrol (a steroid 6-day dosepack) Robaxin (muscle relaxer) and Vicodin (pain releiver). I was also given a shot that did take the edge off the pain I have been in for 4 days, but it did not releive it completely.

Anyway, I read over all this medication information, and I am afraid to take the vicodin. Hubby and I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, and I am afraid so much acetominophen (500 mg per tablet and I am directed to take 2 tablets each dose) is going to be harmful. Of course, I have no issue with forgoing wine with dinner at alldue to the medication, but since I have drank a glass with supper some nights for many months, will this medication harm me? I don’t drink to excess and rarely have more than 2 glasses, and it’s not every night.

Plus, has anyone out there ever used this medicine (Vicodin 5/500) ?? I am afraid to take it but I am in very bad pain.

A: Do not drink alcohol. Deaths have occurred from the mixing the two. Also Don’t take it on an empty stomach.

Q: I am on medication that has a side effect of weight gain, what’s the best way to diet?
18 months ago I was a healthy size 8-10 and 9 stone, after hurting my back I was given 3 different kinds of medication, these being pain killers, anti inflamitories and muscle relaxants.

I am now a sze 16 to 18 and 14 stone. The muscle relaxants are Methacarbamol (robaxin) and has the side effect of weight gain.

I am a healthy eater, eating is not the problem and I have now started back on excercising mainly cardio, but is it worth cutting my food down to 1000-1200 calories a day to see if I can lose weight while on these tablets or am I fighting a losing battle?

I am so damn upset over this, it’s getting to the point where I don’t want to do anything or go out because I’m so concious about this big weight gain.

I know many will say that my wieght isn’t that bad, but to me it is. I have masses of clothes now that I can’t fit into and it’s making me tearful all the time, especially now summer is here.

A: best bet is not to diet at all but change your life style. i used to be a size 8 many years ago then had kids and put on weight due to medication and pregnancy the only way i have shed half of who i was is by exercising for an hour a day vigourously Body pump by les mills is great. and walking and getting rid of all caffiene ,sugar, and salt and greasy foods out of your diet. read a nutritionist book and eat more grainy foods. vegetables legumes. things like that cut down on white bread.. I believe weight gain stresses people out so since you know it is happening before it gets too heavy for your body to handle do something about it now. join the gym or get an exercise bike lift wieghts small ones at first like 500gram . google les mills body pump on u tube.

Q: Should I worry about drug interactions with any of the medications I’m taking?
I’m currently taking Tylenol #3, Fioricet, Robaxin and Valium. I just want to make sure that I can take them and not end up in the ER for something. Thanks!

A: Call a pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist. He’ll tell you if there’s any interaction between medications.

Q: My primary care doctor can’t/won’t prescribe me any strong pain medication for my back.?
I’ve been having problems for more than six months and now the pain is so bad it is affecting my performance at work and my sleep at night. I’ve also lost feeling in my left leg due to what he believes is sciatica. I really need help with managing my back pain. If I can’t function I can’t work. Is it legal or ethical for him to withhold stronger medicine from me? I’m currently taking hydrocodone 7.5, ultram 50 mg, and robaxin 100mg. I’m starting physical therapy this afternoon and I’m scheduled to have an MRI done tomorrow.

Please, I need help. Also, do I need a reference to see a pain management doctor? Should I just be more patient?
I’ve been having problems for more than six months and now the pain is so bad it is affecting my performance at work and my sleep at night. I’ve also lost feeling in my left leg due to what he believes is sciatica. I really need help with managing my back pain. If I can’t function I can’t work (can’t work can’t pay bills). Is it legal or ethical for him to withhold stronger medicine from me? I’m currently taking hydrocodone 7.5, ultram 50 mg, and robaxin 100mg. I’m starting physical therapy this afternoon and I’m scheduled to have an MRI done tomorrow.

Please, I need help. Also, do I need a reference to see a pain management doctor? Should I just be more patient?

*I am a journalist for a Nashville, Tenn. based newspaper. My work requires me to get up and rush out to scenes on a moments notice and to sit at my desk for long hours, depending on my schedule and any breaking news that might happen.

I want to be patient. I really do. But the meds aren’t working and I am in serious pain.

A: Unfortunately, it is not illegal for him to refuse to treat your pain the way you think it should be treated. It is also not unethical because there is not immediate risk of harm or death by not fully managing your pain. It sucks, but that is just the truth. Get the MRI and then ask for a referral to a pain management specialist.

There is no guarantee that you will receive stronger pain medications, but they will at least attempt to control your pain. That may come in the form of steroid injections, a muscle relaxer, or simple anti-inflammatory medication. But if the MRI shows that you have sustained significant damage to your spine or the nerve roots that emerge from the spinal column, then you will most likely be able to get sufficient treatment for your pain. PM doctors are more willing to prescribe stronger narcotics to control your pain if it is necessary. They may also request that you see a neurosurgeon and find out if there is a surgical option that could be utilized to treat the problem. There are no guarantees with surgery, especially spinal surgeries, that the pain will be completely resolved. In fact, many people have the same pain or worse pain after the surgery. Seeing a PM doctor is very important because they are in the business of treating and controlling a person’s pain. If there is no surgical option to treat the issue, then they will work with you so that you are functional and have very little pain. They can not make the pain go away completely. In fact, they do want you to still feel it a little bit so that you have a constant reminder that you have sustained a significant injury and need to be careful in the future.

I see a PM doctor for degenerative disc disease and two herniated discs in my neck from a bad head on collision last year. I can not get surgery right now because I also developed Epileptic seizures as a result of the accident and a head trauma, and they are not controlled yet. Until I have been able to be placed on the correct medication and remain seizure free for 6 months, no surgeon will even consider doing the 4 level fusion I need to have done. So, I go to pain management and physical therapy to keep my pain at a tolerable level until I am healthy enough to get the surgery done. My family doctor would not even prescribe Tylenol 3 for me, even after he saw the MRI and the report that showed I had sustained some serious injuries to my neck. He referred me to a neurosurgeon and a PM specialist. It took me 3 weeks to get in and see the PM doctor and I was in awful pain throughout the 3 weeks, but it was not illegal for my family doctor to refuse to treat my pain in the interim because pain is not a life threatening condition. Good luck and i truly am sorry that you are experiencing such terrible pain. Hopefully the PM doctor will be able to help you manage it better.

Q: is it okay to use expired medicine?
i am talking about a drug called Robaxin or (Methocarbomal). It is a muscle relaxer. My carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up. It has been awhile since and just noticed my medication is expired! Is it still effective to take?

A: It could be less effective, however, because it’s a muscle relaxer I wouldn’t be too concerned. If you were taking an antibiotic I would suggest not taking it if it were expired. :-)

Q: Do I have Fibro? Anybody want to share their story?
Hi, my name is Jessica. I am 28 years old, I am 5′4” and I weight 128 pounds. I apologized for any grammar mistake. English is not my first language. I am an Active duty member of the USAF.

My problem started 3 years ago when the right side of my neck and my shoulder starting to bother me. Since then my pain had progress. Now I have TMJ and have to wear double mouth guards at night so my jaw doesnt pop. My neck and my shoulder still hurt on the right side and it gets aggravated if I do anything with my right arm to the point that the pain all the way to my ribs and it radiates to the front of my ribs. A couple months ago my lower right leg started to cause pain from the buttock and it will radiate all the way down to my anckle. Recently my left leg started to hurt the same way but it is never both legs at the same time, sometimes is the right side, sometimes is the left side. Also, I have started to get exhausted, by mid day I feel like I cant do anything anymore, thats how tired I get. They started giving me pills to sleep because I cant fall asleep due to the pain and I barely sleep throught the night.

The following tests have been done:

Cervial MRI – C4-C5 bulging disc
Brachialplexus MRI – Negative
Thoracic MRI – Negative
Shoulder MRI – Tendonitis
Lumbar MRI – L4 bulging disc, 3cm cyst
Nerve/Muscle test in right arm/shoulder – no significant findings

Treatments:
Physical Therapy
Biofeedback
Epidural injections
Nerve block injections
Neck traction
ultrasound therapy
Steroids treatments

Medication I remember:

Pamelor, Cymbalta, Robaxin, Flexeril, Tramadol, and many others I dont remember

Flexeril is the only one that aliviate my neck/shoulder pain but it makes me very drowsy and unable to work

I am desperate. I used to be very active, always working out, very good worker. Now, I get tired to easily, I am afraid to do anything because of the pain it may cause. They put me on a profile that prohibit me from doing any physical activity which makes me non deployable. I have been serving the Air Force for almost 8 years now and my performance had always stand out. I am a workaholic that love to be busy and love working and love the military.

My mom and my aunt had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am wondering if I have the same or if anybody have an idea of what its going on with me. Im desperate

A: it sure sounds like it. i have it and my first painful symptom was tmj. then, neck pain from ruptured disks with pinched nerve. ruptured disk in lower back lumbar region. but, my fibro pain can be all over my body. and fatigue was the absolute worst. still is. you will need to see a specialist and let them touch trigger points to see if they feel it under your skin. also, with mine i have alot of sickness. ulcerative colitis, have had spinal meningitis, low blood sugar, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction, two yrs. of pancreatitis, i forgot what else… anyway, just see someone like a rhuematologist to find out. i had to quit work and am on permanent disability. good luck to you and i really hope you do not have this crap. do you have brain fog? another horrible symptom…….

Q: My doctor prescribed these medications to me but I read they can be a dangerous mix. Any doctors?
I have been on Concerta, Ultram, Robaxin, and Darvocet for about 4 years now. This past week my psychiatrist gave me cymbalta to add to my daily pill cocktails to help me with my fibromyalgia (which causes my depression) and my depression. I read that Ultram and cymbalta can cause seretonin syndrome which can be fatal. My doctor is older and she has a lot of patients, I am unsure if she knows all the medications my physician has me on (the pain medications). I read that if ‘the benefits outweigh the risks’, but that is a pretty big risk. I was wondering if anyone had any sources or any doctors that know how dangers my medication combination is? I take the cymbalta at night and concerta in the morning, the pain pills three times a day. I am also 19 years old and a female if that matters any. I was also wondering if I am having shivers if that is enough to contact my doctor because it is somewhat new, but I do have TMJ (it is just my jaw has been quivering) it may just be acting up (but it hasn’t this much in a few years). Does this medication negatively affect female sex drive? Finally, am I just overreacting? I just started the medication three days ago but I didn’t get a whole bunch of information when I got the medication. Any REAL information or sources will be welcomed and greatly appreciated. Most information or most specific information gets best answer.

A: On Darvocet… for 4 years. Since age 15.
Yeah. Not good.

Yes, Unknown, there are potential interactions between several of your medications. Serotonin syndrome is just one current risk.

Moreover, your pain is not being managed in a way most doctors would consider standard of care. Darvocet should not be used for long-term pain management.

If it’s the psychiatrist who is prescribing your Darvocet, please establish with a primary care physician (internist, family medicine) and/or a pain specialist immediately.

Q: How to help the tylenol #3 & #4 iching would motrin help?
Now i took a few tylenol #4s for to help with my sinus pain and migrain pain i usually take a lorcet but i ran out and had some #4s. Now i haven’t took them in like 4-5 months i haven’t been on CODEINE. So i took 2 tylenol #4s 1 motrin and a robaxin muscle relaxer for my muscles and don’t tell me thats to much medication at one time cause i know the limits. I see stooners at the doctors office that have nothing wrong with them but yet they take oxycodon , soma & xanax at once and there blown away. So i know my limits you can take more than 4000mgs of acetaminophen witch is plan tylenol in one day. So takeing 2 tylenol #4s 1 motrin 800 and 1 500mg rabaxin is fine i know that but i want to know will it help slow the itching down putting somthing else in the body the blood stream to interact with the CODEINE to stop the itching or is there anything else i can do. Thats why i stoped take CODEINE cause of the itching it’s an relergic reaction but i use for emergencys. Anyone help?

A: Itching is a common symptom of an allergic reaction to opiates, such as codeine. The treatment is to stop taking codeine. You may temporarily use antihistamines like benadryl to help with the rash. If you persist in taking a drug you KNOW you are allergic to, you may also one day have an anaphylactic reaction without warning. Advil may be a good choice for nipping your headache in the bud, but it will do little for itching or hives.

Opiates are a bad choice for treating migraines in any case, and there is a real risk of inducing rebound headaches with regular use. We never use narcotics in the ER for treatment of migraine. We give patients a bolus of IV fluids and an antinausea drug, metoclopramide as our first line..which works 80% of the time. I never prescribe narcotics, barbiturates or benzos to a migraneur. If you have frequent or severe headaches, you should see a neurologist. There are ways of preventing migraines both with lifestyle, foods, etc and , since I am getting a big kickback from Big Pharma, I must mention medications. (Ka-ching!$) The “triptan” meds are the current favourites for eradicating a migraine in progress.

Q: Kidney muscle spasms/cramps and pain?
Okay, i’d like to know if any type of pain killer can cause kidney issues like darvocets or robaxin. I went to the e.r. about 2 weeks ago and was prescribed those two medications. I doubt that they are the cause but i wanted to get that out there.

My pain-cramping started about a week ago, around where my kidneys are. It hasn’t gotten any worse but it feels like my kidney is going to have a charlie horse…. I noticed also that if i tried drinking even a half a can of diet soda that i would be bothered by the discomfort a little more. Even when i have a bowl of cereal and i drink the remaining milk i notice that discomfort then too. I don’t drink soda excessively though about a month ago i was all up in the soda-so i’ve cut way down and when i do its diet as i’m diabetic.

I just started drinking some cranberry juice to see if it would help even though the sugar content isn’t good for me and it seemed like it made the pain spike up more.
I don’t want to make this a horribly long summary so if you have any questions you can pm me or just ask on here and i can post more as needed.
My doctor is in another office and that number is long distance for me so i have to wait til tomorrow to talk to him.
damn spammers-this is not a diet question its a kidney question

A: It’s very possible your kidney is passing a stone. Those hurt and are very painful. I passed a stone when I was a week away from delivery my son. I thought I was having back labor, it hurt so bad! Have your doctor check your red blood cell count, if it’s low, then it’s likely you’re passing a stone. There’s really nothing you can do for the pain, just let it take it’s course.

Q: Returning to light duty work, still in pain?
I was injured on the job couple of months ago. I had an x-ray which shows I have a sprain or strain of the cervical spin, degeneration of cervical intervertebral disc. I have difficulty sleeping at night, and I am in a lot of pain. I’m taking Sulindac, Hydrocodone/acetaminophen and Robaxin that does not help with the pain, only makes me sick and drowsy. Workers Comp was denied, although I had a QME appointment, that could over turn that decision. Meanwhile my occupational physician is ordering me back to work on light duty for 4 hours a day with only the restrictions of not to extend/flex neck, not to reach above both shoulders or to lift/carry up to 10 pounds. I returned to work in a lot of pain, unable to complete work shift and I’m unable to take medications while working or driving. Went back to doctor for help only gave me stronger meds and sent me back to work! what do I do?

A: Hello, I’m a doctor. Use Tramadol. I think that you want to get more info about it. Please go to —-> http://medical-dictionary.notlong.com/?q=Tramadol&qid=20090615063702AAPoWCu

Q: Of the following medications, which one may not be crushed?
a- ectorin 325 mg
b-fiorinal
c-inderal 10 mg
d-robaxin 500 mg

A: Where is E All of the above?

A- Enteric Coated, this would destroy the coating, which helps protect the stomach from irritation of the medication, some medications are also enteric coated to protect the medication from being destroyed by the acid in the stomach.

B- Capsule, you may open the capsule up and add it to food, but crushing is not recommended with capsules.

C- Inderal- some types of inderal come enteric coated and, or extended release, (long acting…Inderal LA), long acting forms are designed to release a little medication at a time, crushing gives you all the medication at once and can be toxic or give you adverse side effects.

Robaxin- Enteric coated

Q: Workers Comp doc is returning me back to work on light duty, still in pain?
I was injured on the job couple of months ago. I had an x-ray which shows I have a sprain or strain of the cervical spin, degeneration of cervical intervertebral disc. I have difficulty sleeping at night, and I am in a lot of pain. I’m taking Sulindac, Hydrocodone/acetaminophen and Robaxin that does not help with the pain, only makes me sick and drowsy. Workers Comp was denied, although I had a QME appointment, that could over turn that decision. Meanwhile my occupational physician is ordering me back to work on light duty for 4 hours a day with only the restrictions of not to extend/flex neck, not to reach above both shoulders or to lift/carry up to 10 pounds. I returned to work in a lot of pain, unable to complete work shift and I’m unable to take medications while working or driving. Went back to doctor for help only gave me stronger meds and sent me back to work! my employer will not accept a note from my regular doc, because its workers comp. What do I do?

A: At this point what you need is an attorney.

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