I am seeing a new doctor next week because I have arthritis in my neck and it's been hurting really bad and I am afraid she will prescribe me a low dosage of Flexeril or something similar. A friend of mine gets that from his doctor and he gave me some to try and just one helped at first but now I have to take 2 and they barely help. I don't want her to think I'm trying to get a stronger muscle relaxer to get high or something because I would actually prefer a drug that won't get me high, which I am going to tell her that but I just don't want to make a bad first impression but I also don't want her to prescribe me something I already know won't work. Also, I'm afraid she might not like that I took a prescription that wasn't mine. So should I tell her I've already tried Flexeril and they don't work or should I just keep that to myself and take whatever she gives me? Also, if anyone has arthritis in their neck I would love to know what you are prescribed and how well it works for you. Thanks.
First up, in case no one's told you, (super short version) BE HONEST.
Longer version :
A healthy relationship with your doctor is like any other healthy relationship in your life. Open, clear, and honest communication is super important. I would think moreso since a doctor is there to help you and your body be at its best. If you can't be totally honest with your doctor about what's going on, then he / she can't help you or be fully informed about what's going on with you.
Second, you may not be overly proud of the fact you got some of your friend's meds, your doctor may not be too happy to hear about that
(especially since you're running a bit of a risk taking someone else's meds, not knowing how they'll react with your body, might be the same reaction as your friend, might end up with some mega nasty allergic reaction you weren't aware of until after you take it),
but you *need* to be up front and honest with your doctor about everything, whether or not you're proud of it.
Third, the body has a way of being able to adjust and tolerate drugs in the system. That's why we hear so much about addicts needing larger and larger doses to get the same high. It's stupid and super annoying, especially if someone's in consistent pain and the regular doses of pain medication aren't working to bring relief from the pain.
To summarize -
1 - Be honest with your doctor. He / she is there to help, but needs to understand what all is going on with you and EVERYTHING you've taken. Whether you or the doctor 'like' the answer becomes a moot point when your physical well being is priority. (just thought of this, but also super important to be upfront about anything / everything you've taken, so they'll be aware of any possible allergic reactions or negative drug interactions you might end up getting.)
2 - The body adjusts to drug levels, so it's not unusual or uncommon for an individual to seek strong and stronger doses of something for the body to react and relieve the pain.
Sorry I can't be of any help when it comes to arthritis pain, muchless in the neck area. Best of luck to you, though, and may you find the relief you need from that pain!
I also have arthritis in my neck. My Dr prescribes Zanaflex, 4 mgs for me. I have tried flexeril and various other muscle relaxers in the past and the Zanaflex seems to work the best for me. It can make you quite sleepy though, so it might be best to start with a slightly lower mg, at least until you can judge how you react to it. Best of luck!
Anything about your health should be taken seriously, so i recommend telling your doctor about the medication you tried. On the other hand, if you are afraid they are going to five you something that doesnt work, you should try and see other doctors so you can have different opinions. I’ve been on a similar position, not with my neck but with my stomach. I was afraid the doctor would give me aomething that i knew it wasnt going to work. I struggle quite a lot with that. But you have to keep trying to find the answer to your problem. Maybe another suggestion is to do a lot of research about your doctor so you can fully trust him/her. That helps a LOT. And also be conscious that your problem may not be so easy to solve it may take time or maybe it can be a fast fix.
Hope it helps!
I would 1) take a friend or relative with you to your appointment to help take notes. We normally retain only a small amount of what is said during a doctor appointment. 2) Take a list of questions with you. 3) You should request a list of all the potential meds appropriate for your condition and their pros and cons. I.e. an NSAID might work but could cause ulcers. A muscle relaxant might be more or less effective than a pain medication depending on the cause. 4) What alternative therapies are available and which would be covered by your insurance (chiropractic is covered by many, accupuncture by a few, injections by most). 5) What’s the best way to combine medication and other therapy? And 6) Are additional diagnostics warranted. My brother’s “neck pain” turned out to be multiple myeloma and a CT scan probably saved his life.
Minor stenosis might be helped by a simple surgery.
Best of luck. Going prepared will get you the best results for your and your doctor’s time.
Patti in AZ
I think I’d say I tried it before and flexeril did not help. I wouldn’t say I took a friends medicine. I take Motrin 800 mgs. For arthritis pain and it helps more than any muscle relaxer. It doesn’t make you high. I also take a muscle relaxer named lorzone 750 mgs. which helps with spine pain from various conditions. It helps a lot more than flexeril ever did. I take it at night because they can make you drowsy..I hope you get the help you need.
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