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Review by anonymous999 (taken for less than 1 month):
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: 1st time onset of cervical pain with upper extremity radiculopathy. Steroid taper did not help, Norflex did not help, Relafen did not help. Skelaxin, wow, 2 doses in and the pain is virtually gone. I also received a tramadol prescription but will likely not need it.
Review by CA Medicine Woman (taken for 1 to 2 years):
metaxalone for Muscle Spasm: Was prescribed this medicine after weeks of crippling muscle spasms due to CRPS in lower left leg, ankle, and foot. Very effective at 800 mg 3x daily. My neighbors are relieved I no longer awaken screaming in pain from the spasms, as am I. Very expensive, but worth it.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: I have fibromyalgia, scleroderma and polymyositus, all have to do with muscle pain and tendon pain. I must say, I went from shuffling in the morning, not being able to walk, to feeling little pain. It's been a month now. I am also on methadone, which, by itself, did not help. I do feel very fatigued, and out of sorts, but, I would rather be like this than the way I was in pain.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: Went to the doctor yesterday due to muscle spasms from fibromyalgia. She put me on Skelaxin and it's WONDERFUL. I actually felt half way decent for the first time in forever, even able to get some much needed household chores done.
Review by Buttercup Kitty (taken for 1 to 6 months):
metaxalone for Fibromyalgia: Although this medicine is very expensive, I only need 400mg every couple of days. I am able to purchase 3-5 800 mg pills per pharmacy visit. I only need to take it when in pain, and it works very quickly, so I'm not changing to another medicine. Flexeril makes me dizzy, dry, and doesn't work as well. Lyrica also makes me dizzy and nauseated. So metaxalone is my blessing. I'm very glad and surprised that I also don't have any side effects, as I am very sensitive to most medicines. Good luck everyone with Metaxalone. It works like a charm for me.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I've had muscle spasms for 34 years. Nothing has worked to relieve the pain. I took two Skelaxin in four hours and there has been no relief of pain or drowsiness.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I injured my back at work, it got to the point where it was difficult to get out of bed. My doctor put me on Skelaxin and tramadol, in a matter of weeks I was back to work and feeling 100% better.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: I have fibromyalgia and couldn't handle the pain any longer. I went to the doctor today and they put me on Skelaxin. I took one pill and it was like a miracle. AWESOME. They also put me on Lyrica and I haven't taken it yet today. Hoping the 2 meds together will help.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: I have fibromyalgia and more recently have been dealing with severe stenosis in my L5 as well as my L2.3.4 that can only be described as crippling. I have been on Skelaxin for two days and I thought my husband and my teen were going to cry because they got their wife and mom, respectively, back, and I can sleep longer than 4 hours at a time. It is nice.
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Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: I have had fibro and chronic fatigue for years. I used to take Skelaxin occasionally. When I developed degerative bone disease and increasing arthritis, I decided to take it regularly and see what happened. Over a period of a few months, I have found that my pain has reduced significantly. It is one of those drugs that seems to work better when taken regularly as opposed to for an acute attack. The down side is that it is expensive, even in generic form.
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Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I have muscle problems in my upper and lower back from carrying drums in drumline in high school. My back hurts constantly every day (but a very tolerable and mild pain). But those of you with back problems know that you have good days and bad days. On the bad days I started taking 800mg Skelaxin, and it did absolutely nothing for my pain. It provided the same amount of relief that 2 or 3 Aleve provides.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: Skelaxin seems to be great. I have taken about 3 days (800mg prescribed 3 x daily). I have even taken on empty stomach (bold move) and walked through a grocery store. It worked great. I was not "foggy" or drunk feeling. I have taken it at work and have not noticed adverse side effects except a slight headache. Nothing good is without some trade-off. I recommend this for those who need daytime/night-time pain relief and do want to feel "doped up" like other muscle relaxers can do.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I take this medication for pelvic floor dysfunction. It works well, but does leave me a bit foggy. I try to only take one pill a day, but I definitely notice I'm not as sharp for the entire day after taking it. But I couldn't get through physical therapy without it.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I found Skelaxin made me drowsy but it also made the muscle spasms go away. I take it at night because of that but I realize that I may be a special case because 800 mg of Motrin makes me sleepy as well.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: Skelaxin has been wonderful for me. I first tried it 3 years ago when I could no longer tolerate the pain and spasms associated with my fibromyalgia. Like many other people, I needed something that I could function with and Flexeril had a sedating effect. I have experienced no side effects on Skelaxin.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I had to go to 800 mg Metaxalone every 6 hours (directions from the inpatient pain specialist) while trying to recover from an emergency laminectomy L3 & L4, even though the regular directions say per 8 hours. It helped for awhile, but now I am off of it temporarily so the spine specialists can figure how much of the scoliosis is due to which spasms. The original injury caused total paralysis progressing over 6 weeks; I had no choice but to get the surgery. Long ago I took Baclofen for the great pain and spasm relief. However, it caused major memory loss and other mental weirdness that caused people to think I was psychotic. Thank God for a wise doctor who knew about this rare side effect. If you take it, BE CAREFUL!
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: No bad side effects, but minimal pain relief in lower back. I did notice lowered tension in shoulders and it felt a lot like Flexaril. Flexaril really causes some bad side efffects for me. Skelaxin had no side effects that I noticed, just not right for my condition. I'll give it credit for lowering general muscular tension though.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I was prescribe this after a very minor fender bender. I thought I was fine after the accident. But as I sat in my work chair, I turned to the side to get a print out and I just got stuck! Stuck by the pain. After the chair situation, the day just got worst. I went to an urgent care where I got the prescription for this along with physical therapy. The conjunction of the 2 might have led to the speedy recovery! After some spring cleaning today, I knew I would need some Skelaxin. I know, seems like normal wear and tear for a home owner. But when you are as inactive as I am, even an extra activity can be excruciating!! Being allergic to ibuprofen also doesn't help. One Skelaxin later and my leg and arm pains went away. Thank goodness.
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Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I have fibromyalgia as well as muscle spasms related to lordosis and to an orthopedic problem, as well as dysmenorrhea. Skelaxin is my rescue medicine. If I get a calf spasm in the bad leg that a hot pack and some stretching won't subdue, half a Skelaxin will do the trick, no sedation, just good work. I'd give it a ten if it weren't so very expensive!
When I have the very bad cramping related to my menstrual period, 100 mg of tramadol and 400 mg of skelaxin will make me drowsy and unfocused, but it means that while I can still tell I'm cramping, it's like someone shouting inside a house while you stand outside, and I can get on with things as needed.
Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: I had muscle spasms from sleeping on my stomach and I couldn't function much at all. I told my doctor I needed something to relieve the pain but something I could function on at work and while driving. She prescribed this and I love it. The only thing I can tell from it whenever I take is relief of my spasms. No drowsiness or loopiness for me.
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Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: Wonderful, but expensive, muscle relaxant! This is the only type of muscle relaxant that I can take, experience some relief from pain and stiffness, and still be able to drive, stay awake, etc. LOVE Skelaxin!
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