No, sorry, I don't have RSD but I've been trying Baclofen out as a muscle relaxer and finding virtually NO pain relief. Previously I tried Flexeril for 14 years, Soma for one month, then the Baclofen. After two weeks on the Baclofen I am throwing it away and making do with what is left of my Flexeril and Soma to get through the month. Sorry about the RSD I hear it is a wicked illness. Have you tried a spinal cord stimulator? I am trying to go that route and there are a lot of folks with RSD on the site raceagainstpain.org. Best wishes -
I am taking baclofen for muscle spasms. I have full body RSD. I got RSD July 2010 in both feet and legs due to a fall. It continued to spread through out my body. I use gabapentin for neuropathic pain. Baclofen reduces the muscle spasms. It can help reduce the pain from muscle spasms because the muscles are not contracting so much, but not the neuropathic nerve pain that is associated with RSD. You may need to get a pain med for the neuropathic pain. Opids, though they do have a place in treating RSD are not recommended as they make one tired. Keeping physically active is important. Opids can make you too tired to keep physically active. Check out www.rsdfoundation.org. Watch many of the videos. They can help answer a lot of questions regarding RSD. My doctors have referred me to the Ketamine treatments that are offered at the University of Philidelphia, PA.
The University site is a hospital and not a research center. The RSD Foundation located in Florida can get the dosage of Katmine up higher because it is a research center. Hope this helps. The pain can be debilitating if you let it. Keep moving. Even if you have to move slowly. Move! It is the best thing you can do for your RSD. Aquatic therapy can help. It is helping me increase in strength and range of motion. Land therapy actually caused the RSD to spread. I hope that I have been able to assist you. Blessings! rollerskater.
I have RSD and have been on Baclofen for almost 3 years now, but it's for my muscle spasms, but doesn't do much for that, let alone for pain. I used to take Soma for a muscle relaxant and it helped for that and pain, but drs. wont prescribe it anymore. I gotta tell you I'm so sick of these drs. who don't seem to want to help those of us with RSD, which is the worse chronic pain known to man, per the "McGill pain Index".
Baclofen does NOT help with the pain associated with RSD. I do know that some people with RSD, including myself, take a narcotic to make the pain easier to deal with. If you had a simple ache somewhere, I could see where the Baclofen would be helpful. I hope I have answered your question correctly and that it was somewhat helpful to you. Good Luck Jeanette!
Maybe we could share what helps and what does'nt. Please feel free to ask me questions on RSD and I will do my best to help you get the answer in which you seek.
- Baclofen Information for Consumers
- Baclofen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Baclofen (detailed)
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