I am currently on Soma 350mg 3x daily for my Fibromyalgia with mild relief if I am having a mild day that is. Has anyone out there with Fibromyalgia ever taken anything but narcotics for your Fibromyalgia and have it work more than 20%? I cannot deal with the pain much more my muscles in my legs and arms hurt sooooo much and it hurts to function. Does anyone know if Soma can be taken at higher or more frequent doses? Is there a better muscle pill? Help please I am suffering here and need some support. Most of you know I don't ask for support until it is really bad and it is so please if anyone has any suggestions for me whether it is certain meds or even certain exercises to help I welcome any suggestions. Thank you all, love marjorie zych
There are a variety of muscle relaxants out there. I am taking Zanaflex at the present time. It is a muscle relaxant the is similar to baclofin ( another antispasmotic). It is often use for people with MS and at times with spinal cord injuries but generally in much higher doses. I started at 4mg but I now take 8mg. I was prescribed for night use. If the pain and spasm is really bad, I will sometimes take in during the day as well (which my doctor is aware of). I find it works better than the flexeril. I hope this helps. Good luck. Hope the testing is giving you some of the answers that you seek. Valerie
I am on Lyrica and Topamax currently. The Lyrica seems to help quite a bit, yet I had a wee allergic reaction when doc upped dose over 150mgs. So, I am at 100 mgs. I felt slightly "high" on the Lyrica when I first tried it, yet that terrible sensation went away. I recommend the stuff. Some people have gained weight on it, but not I.
The jury is still out on the Topamax. I shall let you know as soon as I know anything about it!
Sure hope you are feeling better soon Marjorie!
I take 1200 mgs of gabapentin daily for my fibro, and it works for me. Gabapentin is the generic for Lyrica, which is the drug of choice for most Drs. The only problem I have with fibro now is the fatigue, which I guess will always be a problem. Hope this helps and you feel better soon. liz
I too am prescribed Soma as you are. I have RSD; not Fibro so my pain is mostly nerve pain related. I do have spasms in my legs at night mainly and have been on this same dose of Soma for a few years now.
Soma is dangerous. In only the past couple of years have I seen doctors not wanting to prescribe this for any long term use. My doctor is concerned about it but since I'm not having any respiratory issues with the other meds I take for now she is okay with it but said she may want to change it so I think it wouldn't be a great idea to be on more a day than you are now.
There is a new medication that helped my Aunt who has Fibro a lot. Lyrica made her sick and gain weight but Savella; which is the same type of medication only helped her pain and she is on a muscle relaxer also but not Soma.
The only way most insurance companies will pay for this as there is no generic is to write a special code down on the script. You may want to ask your doctor about a combo of meds vs just taking a muscle relaxer.
Savella is not a narcotic at all.
In pain we are all different in how we respond to medications and the pain we have. I highly recommend that you speak with your doctor about this and don't be offended if they won't raise your dose of Soma since it's now considered very dangerous long term.
Unfortunately with RSD and how long I've had it and how it's spread, I have to take a long acting opiate, a breakthrough pain med, Soma, and Xanax for anxiety along with an anti depressant. To any doctor the combo of meds I'm on is considered very dangerous so I am extremely careful never taking certain meds with Soma.
I hope this helps and guides you to have a discussion with your doctor over the possibility of choices out there to treat Fibro.
Rather than take more or different drugs, try something easier and safer to your body. Take a hot bath with epsom salts. This will relax your muscles and sooth them and if you get the ones with lavender in it, you will also relax your mind. Fibro gets aggravated with stress so you also need to destress. Read a relaxing book. Listen to soothing music.
Meds are not always the answer.
Just to let you know, I do take SOMA, norco for flare ups, tramadol, klonopin for restless legs, and I have a small hottub in the garage I soak in on bad days.
At night I take melatonin, tryptophan, and 5HTP. They help my sleep. Sometimes I will take trazodone to help me sleep through the night.
I also take Flexeril and it comes in a generic form(cyclobenzaprine) so I can get it in my local wal-mart or k-mart as well as most stores that offer $9.99 for 90 day prescriptions. I also take Tramadol 3 x a day and Klonopin(clonazepam).
I've very recently been told that folic Acid helps alot with many FM symptoms. It's a B vitamin and I was never had any bloodtest for it before last week. My level was low so my doc ordered it prescription strength-1mg. OTC folic acid is measured in MCG(micrograms) so I guess I need a larger dose. I just started taking it so I can only speak from the info I found online. All the meds that are prescribed for FM might work well for some and not others. It's really a matter of trial and error. But, give them a little time. I am highly functioning and I think it's because of my meds.I hope all works out for you. And make sure you get regular blood tests. WATCH YOUR LIVER ENZYMES!!!
I am tring to find any releif offered also.I tried shots,flexirl but only 2xdaily,Zanaflex,soma and robaxin the last of which I developed allergic reactions to due to a relationship the said with all my other allergies to aspirin,nsids,nuroten,naproxen and darevaset.I am in so much pain I don't sleep I can't function I'm on blood pressure meds ,luvox ,respidal, high doses Xanax ,Percocet and prazosin all of which are supossed to help or at least help put me to sleep yet i hurt so bad and get so stiff i can't move but i not only feel like cring but do at times my back and hurt so if i try to lay down.Any avise would help sorry I can't
I was told I had FM in 2004. They gave me flexeril and robaxin (simular to soma) It did help me sleep but kept me graugy during the day. Over the years I stopped taking any drug. If I had really bad pain in my back I took Alieve and it really helped. If my neck were really bad, I took tension headache excederine. Works great. I have come to the conclusion that there is way too much fybromialgia being diagnosed in people. I had a hystorectomy in 1999. everything changed after that. I keep active and moving and it is the best medicine for what they say is FM. If you have pain that extreme, you should make sure there is not an underlying problem causing it before accepting it's FM. A lot of my pain I have is what I believe to be old injuries in life that are starting to bother me in older age. I am only 50 but I suffer alot. I noticed if I didn't take hormones, I got alot worse. So I have to fight the system to get hormones so I can stay active.
Not sure if this is helpful but I here about so many people with FM and they don't move around. The more I stay still or try to stay in bed the worse my pain gets. You need to get up and move. Just walking or anything. Movement is the best medicine for me. I do have knee injuries and shoulder injuries that restrict me from doing things but I work around it.
Good luck and please be careful taking all those drugs. They are habit forming and can cause you pain when you try to stop.
Marjorie, i think during my last 5 yrs, there isnt a pill i havent tried. im taking soma , percocet, methadone, 75mcg fentanyl every 48 hrs . Does it help? Sometimes... its so frustrating! I've tried lyrical & cymbalta together... tried 3900 mg neurontin, 150 mg amitrytiline ... zanaflex, flexiril, baclofen, roboxin, opana , morpine, very high doses of steroids, and more I know I've forgotten. If I stand to cook a.meal for 30 mins, I break into tears with neck, shoulder pain. my husband is about done... i dont blame him. ive tried triggdr point injections , but due to my hypersensitivity, i get golf ball size lumps in the muscle around injection site. i dread driving too..going go the dr every month is hell..but i cant ask mmy so called friends, yhey have stolen my meds, begged etc. so now i lie about what i take so they arent on my doorstep . I wish I could find my miracle combination. I have no insurance.,so rt now im suffering fentanyl withdrawls . let me tell u, its horrible. I guess u got off topic. I'm sorry there are so many others suffering.
There is a medication called Savella, you start off with small doses and work your way up kinda like the way you do when you take a steroid pack.And there is another medicine called Lyrica, they are both marketed to people with fibromyalgia. Anyway I hope this information can help, good luck
I'm new on here marjory but I suffer from chronic back pain. You can up the dose of soma but keep in mind it is a muscle relaxer. I heard of a woman that was taking quite a bit around here in my neck of the woods and she took too much at one time and her heart just stopped. Because your heart is a muscle. I take a flexerile every now and then. You don't have to take as many as somas. I also at times prop my legs up in position that is comfortable. Matresses make differance too. Also ask a specialist about the way you pick things up. Some showed me ways of doing things or picking up things differently that will cause less strain on your back. It took awhile to get used too, but it worked. My trades are custom brick, block, and stone masonry. Also finding fugitives. So I was like you with my back " lol. Hope this helps.
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