I have been on Soma for over 8 years and my memory is great. However, I am now tapering off of it and the withdrawals are very bad. Now, coming off of it, I am having some brain freezes but they don't last long. How long have you been on it or intend to be on it? I did not know it was addictive when it was prescribed for me years ago... I never took more than recommended, etc. If you are getting off of it, it can affect your memory. If you are not on it, don't start unless you plan to be on it the rest of your life. Hope this helps you!
Soma can cause memory loss in some people. It can cause drowsiness, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty with balance, agitation, irritability, headache, depressive reactions, insomnia, fainting, fast heart rate, facial flushing, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, itching rash, and confusion in some too.You should avoid alcohol and other CNS dperessants while taking Soma, also some cold meds will make the drowsiness more pronounced. Drowsiness usually gets better after you are on it for a while.
Hello: I am also one of the lucky ones who has never had a problem with Soma--and I have been taking the same dose since 2006. I tried a lot of pain meds, and nothing worked--it was like eating candy...
Soma has been a life saver for me. It was prescribed by a Sports Med doctor for my extreme chronic neck and shoulder pain, which is supposedly caused by cervical stenosis. I take it only at bed time, as it LETS me sleep--not MAKES me sleep, and I wake up clear headed--something that the regular sleep meds never did (plus, they would not work after a couple of weeks, without upping the dose!).
You do have to be careful if you take them during the day--until you get used to them, as they can make you drowsy, etc.
I think Soma is a godsend, as it is the ONLY med that has ever worked for my pain.
I have never had memory loss from it; however, I HAVE had it from my Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency and Hypothyroidism! Whenever I get extremely stressed out over a long period of time (like the fact that I have been taking care of my husband 24/7 since his surgery last June), I will start to forget things--- but I have chocked that up to exhaustion...
Hope this helps. Everyone is different, and you MUST check for drug interactions before adding in any new meds.
(I wish the people on this site who hate Soma would at least temper their statements by saying that this is just THEIR opinion about it, as, for some of us, it is the ONLY thing that will work--and it is unfair to scare new people away from it, when it just might help!)
Best of luck to you,
Mary, the madhatter.
Pugmas, I would like to answer your question about the groups etc... Join the group on pain, backpain, muslcespasm, muscle, muscle pain, muscle twitching, nerves,sciatica, degenerative joint disease, & drug dependance. These groups have a lot of people just like yourself, & are a wealth of info about what helps or doesn't for your problem.I too have this type of back pain from a failed back surgery. I joined this stie a little over a year ago, & not only found lots of info, but also a lot of friends. When you try to answer a question of someone else, you are given the option of joining that group pretaining to what the qestion was about. You need to go back to your profile & add the support groups to your profile.
If you ask another question, it will ask if you are wanting a direct answer, which only allows 1 response from each person or a conversation which is the better choice because others can answer more than once & make comments too. This is a great site to be a member of. You would really be surprised. Also make sure your email setting on each group are marked how you want the answes to come to you. One other thing, if you ask a question post it under different groups as I have mentioned. back pain, pain, DDD, soma. Only use 4 as I have posted a question that never got posted because I listed too many groups & that makes them send out 100,000 emails & the system gets clogged. Lots of luck...
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