I have had 4 surgeries for scoliosis/kyphosis. There are 2 18" titanium rods and about 50 screws, beginning just under my hairline and all the way down to my tailbone. The first surgery was almost 5 years ago. I have been on numerous pain meds. and muscle relaxers. Sad to say, I don't get any significant relief from anything I took in the past, or am currenrly taking. One med I am taking is Tizanidine 4mg bid. I have also developed peripheral neuropathy. A friend of mine who also suffers from neuropathy, takes a high does of Tizanidine, usually 20mg during the day, and 32mg at bedtime. She feels like she has discovered a miracle! As earlier stated, I don't feel any improvement for my back pain, nor do I have any less pain in my feet. She also had a cervical-spinal abcess and underwent back surgery for that. She gets no pain relief for the back pain, but is pain-free in her feet now... altho her dose of the Tizanidine is clearly WAY higher than mine! Well, I guess it's too late to make a long story short! So, back to the orignial question... has anyone taken Tizanidine for neuropathy with successful results? One more thing; I read how many of you have gotten good results with your back pain, and I'm really happy for you!!! Be well!!
Fascinating question! I didn't even know that Tizanidine was used 4 peripheral nueropathy. I can say that my Dr switched me from Soma 2 Tizanidine 22 days ago (yes I'm counting - I hate it that much) & it's been no help as a muscle relaxer and no effect on peripheral nueropathy at 8mg 4/day. Your PN sounds painful -mine is the opposite-tingling sensation w/ no feeling. The only time it causes pain r when I do things like cooking a couple of days ago, & accidently poured boiling water on my hand or burn myself in the tub cause I can't tell how hot it is. May I ask what yours feels like & how long it took 4 this 2 work on ur friend? The only back option I have left is fusion & I'm so not ready 4 that. I'm holding out 4 a medical breakthrough (fingers crossed). What you've gone through is so much worse & more complicated. One of my best friends has been going through the same thing since 6th grade. Pls don't give up - she finally has found a combo of meds that help her (one is medical marijuana - don't know if that's legal where u are). If it's not, there's a little know med called Marinol which is basically synthetic THC in a capsule. It's a great med for lots of people as it acts as a muscle relaxor, pain med, anti-emitic, etc. Take care & you're in my thoughts. I can also ask my friend what she's tried & what she's on now that's working if you'd like 2 know.
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