Does anyone take Valium (diazepam) for Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Myofascial pain?
Question posted by Emeraldgirl on 10 Aug 2013
Last updated on 17 August 2021 by AllyLiverbird9
I have been on Valium since 2004. initially for CMP and continued with it when FM was diagnosed. My Dr stopped it recently he could not justify why. Now the only muscle relaxant I am on is Amitriptyline 25mg at night and this does nothing to ease the muscles at all.I intend to see my specialist to get my Valium reinstated. I was just wondering how many other people on this forum take Valium for FM & CMP? (comments from Kaismama, PenelopeN, Mac12 and bruthd to a previous question duly noted)
I also suffer with fibromyalgia and were on 5mg diazepam, 7.5mg zopiclone but what your Gp has done with you there doing exactly the same to me reducing the mg and cutting me back to 2mg 1 a day (diazepam) and reduced my zoppies to 3.75mg 10 a fortnight, I'm ringing to speak to a gp tomorrow as I only registered with this practice in February and they know nothing about my health background and what I've been through, never seen a Dr at this practice yet so for them to reduce my meds which I've also been on for 25yrs is a disgrace. Hope you get them reinstated as I will be telling them straight tomorrow and if they don't put me back on what I was I will simply move to a different practice! Goodluck.
17 Aug 2021
I have tried dozens of drugs for fibromyalgia since 1984. Amitriptyline a few hours before bedtime was the only one that helped me feel better in the morning. It didn't cause bad side effects.
17 Aug 2021
Amitriptyline Is an antidepressant and not going to do anything for relaxing any muscles. Your MD should be scolded and possibly dropped. Flexeril works great for below the hips. Clonazepam has helped me a lot more than any other Benzo or muscle relaxers like Baclofen.
17 Aug 2021
I take Clonazepam or Klonopin as it works well in the head, neck, and facial area. It helps relax the muscles and does better than Flexeril or Baclofen which neither did anything for above the neck. I would stay away from Xanax as it is to over the top. It has an undesirable effect. I have taken the above for close to 20 years. As for Valium I found it not as effective and more sedating.
9 June 2020
I've also been on valium 5mg and zopiclone 7.5mg for almost 20years due to suffering severe panic attacks, anxiety,depression due to the loss of my newborn son passing away aswell as an ectopic and 8 miscarriages, I moved to a different area showed my new GP my prescription from where I used to live and he stopped everything saying I didn't need these meds, since living up here i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I'm in constant pain he hadn't even recieved my notes from my old GP so I rang to complain and he lowered me on 2mg valium and 3.75mg zopiclone which no longer touch the pain, I never leave home as I live in a top flat and I have to walk up 4 flights of steps otherwise, I dont know who to turn too next I was under a specialist from the rheumatoid arthritis who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia due to the pain I'm in, is there any other help out there to give me advice who Im better off seeing?
As I dont know how much pain I can take anymore GP surgery I'm with are s**t I'm sure they think I'm putting it on. So any answers or help will be appreciated Ally
29 Aug 2018
Hi! I take Valium and Flexeril for TD but it helps with the fibro too. I've tried other muscle relaxants but Flexeril works the best. I initially took the Valium to help me sleep and for anxiety but it carries over to the fibro too. I've taken both for about 4 years now. Ruth
28 Aug 2018
Diazepam is the only thing that works. It relaxes the muscles so you don’t fight against the pain and also the uptight muscle does not press against a nerve. I take about two every few days when I find nothing else can relax me. Diazepam is nowhere near as addicting as the other prescriptions the pharmaceuticals and doctors want you on. That’s why they make it so hard to get something that actually works
29 July 2017
I have been talking Valium 5mg any Some 350mg 3xday for about 4 years for fibromyalgia. It is the best thing that I have ever had in 40 years. I received disability in February of this year and am receiving Medicaid - big mistake! Now it has taken me months to get my insurance doctors to prescribe Valium, and only 2xday. I fear I may NEVER be able to get the Some back. It was the best thing that I have ever had for fibromyalgia. Will keep trying - the two together gave me my life back. P. S. Medicaid is the worst insurance - I received much better care at the free clinic. If you get disability think twice before you apply for state insurance.
26 June 2014
Tried a ton of muscle relaxers and nothing. About the only one I haven't tried is Soma which I heard really works. But I don't want to sound like a drugseeker and ask for it. I did recently ask for valium cause many yrs ago I took it. It worked ok, so I take just a low dose to help w sleep. This time around it doesn't seem to work. I will probably stop taking it.
31 Jan 2014
Funny I live in uk see a rheumatoid consultant too. Diazepam seems to give some relief but gp doesn't understand myofascial pain syndrome and doesn't like prescribing it. So frustrating lake of knowledge by gps.
7 Oct 2013
I take Valium simply to help me sleep. I take Zanaflex (a muscle relaxer) to help with muscles.
19 Aug 2013
Hello CMP FM. Diazepam has been prescribed over the years for CMP and FM. It is one of the first and oldest of the benzodiazepines prescribed for the various diagnosis that relate to nerve and muscle pain. Regards pledge
11 Aug 2013
Possibly a longer acting benzo such as Klonopin? Or a muscle relaxer like Flexeril, skelaxin - there are others I just can't think of them right now. I would think he could prescribe you a muscle relaxer. Hope you get some relief! EJ23