... Fibro. I was on Lyrica and had bad side effects also from Cymbalta and Effexor. Now I am on BacleFon. Anyone on it and how is it working for you?
It seems like a strange choice of medication. I'm sorry that I don't have any experience with this medication, but can't help but wonder why they would prescribe a muscle relaxer when the source of the problem is nerve pain. I've been put on Skelaxin, another muscle relaxer, and it just felt like I was on 20 Benadryl's, and totally knocked me out. The next day I felt groggy and was still in pain.
You might want to look into Tramadol, in my opinion a very evil drug, causes dependency along with the possibility of addiction. The withdrawals that are according to some are worse and last longer than heroin. This is strange especially cause it has the same pain killing strength as codeine. It is an Opioid as well as a SNRI.
Methadone, something that has gotten allot of bad press due to the abuse of this medication can be deadly due to its extremely long half life, however, when taken as prescribed, is considered to be one of the best long term non-cancer chronic pain medications that actually kill nerve pain (unlike the other Opioids). I also was unable to take Lyrica at a dosage that killed pain, as anything over 300mg made me sick, the SNRI's didn't help much, and the Tramadol helped a wee bit. Ultimately, it was the methadone that helped me in the long run, and killed the pain without making me feel out of it. The name sounds scary, and the press has demonized the drug, but in reality, it doesn't create tolerance, has a low abuse profile, and helps many people live their day to day lives pain free, as long as your doctor has a knowledge of the medication, starts you out low, and checks your heart for any possibility of arrhythmia. It's considered to be extremely safe when used long term, and doesn't harm the liver or any thing really. The only thing that it does do is slow down the CNS, so you can't drink alcohol until you know how you respond to the med, and have to be extra careful if your on any other depressant medications.
It really is just a thought, and I apologize for deviating off of your original question. Regardless, for me personally, I never had any muscle problems, but had nerve pain with my fibromyalgia. If it helps you, then that would be great! If it doesn't, then I'd discuss the above with your doctor, and please please please be wary of Tramadol (Ultram) - it's not a scheduled drug, and was originally advertised as non-addictive. Many doctors still believe this to be true, however, it is far from true. Also, the SNRI acts immediately, and as a general rule of thumb, the quicker acting the drug, the harder the withdrawal, so withdrawing from a drug of that sort is a severe 2 in one. It is often the choice drug for many doctors due to the fact that it isn't scheduled in most states, and the doctors don't have to worry about the FDA.
Good luck, and hope that this is somewhat helpful to you!
Sincerely, from one of the very few guys out there with fibro,
Hi Raspy, I have a friend that has MS, and she takes Baclofen. I have not heard of it used for fibro though.
Please let us know how you are doing on this med... If you have success then I'd like to try it, if it is not addictive.
Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
Have you heard of Savella? I've heard good things about it.
Don't have Fibro, but have pinched nerve in lower back and muscle spasms on shoulders and neck (chronice pain). Recently I'm currently taking Balcofen, Methocarban and Lyrica, mainly for the back. The shoulders I just live with. Began wordering if at 68 I'm getting dementia or senile, because my memory is bad and I'm not as efficient at paperwork as I was.
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