I had a major back operation when i was just 29, every since my surgery I had dealt with back pain. Most days I can deal with it, but I have days like today that i can't handle it and after 4 nagging days I finally went to the ER for the pain and they prescribed this medication to me for it. I am a little curious as to how it will help, when this is typically used for migraines. Any input would be nice. Thanks. i am taking fioricet w/codiene capsules.
You know, I know someone who just swears by this medicine for her back pain. She says it is the only thing that works. She even pays out of pocket for them because her insurance doesnt pay for them because they are not approved for back pain. (they are fairly inexpensive) It is similar to a Tylenol#3 but has a little light barbiturate called butalbital in it and that should help to relax the muscles a little too. Good Luck with it! I hope it works well for you.
Hi: are you having muscles spasms? Nerve pain? or__________???
I take SOMA, which is a muscle relaxant, at bed time. It has the added side effect of 'letting' me sleep--not 'making' me sleep. I don't wake up feeling hung over, like with the typical sleeping pills--and I have never had to increase my dose, and I have been taking it since 2006. I have cervical spondilosis, with extreme chronic pain and muscle spasms in my neck and across my shoulders. ***Try it ONLY at bedtime at first--until you see how you can handle the 'sleepiness' it creates.
It is not recommended for someone with 'an addictive personality', but othrwise, should be safe--but always check it against any other meds you take for possible interactions!! The generic is VERY cheap... I pay around $14.00+ for 90 pills (with my insurance). There are a few people on this site who absolutely HATE this med, and will advise you that it is addictive. There are a couple of us that have found Soma to be the BEST pain reliever we have ever taken. For me, it has been the ONLY pain reliever that has EVER worked--and KEPT on working!!!
If you want to try it, be advised that some doctors will NEVER prescribe it, while others realize its benefits and relative safety compared to some of the more heavy duty narcotics that are routinely prescribed by others!
NOTE: I HAVE HEARD THAT IT MIGHT BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET THIS YEAR, AS SO MANY JUNKIES HAVE ABUSED IT, AND THEREFORE RUINED IT FOR THE PEOPLE WITH LEGITIMATE PAIN.
Hope this helps, and good luck to you!
Mary-madhatter, 5/17/11, 1:20 pm ET
This med is prescribed for tension headache & other conditions as preferred by your physician. It has a muscle relaxant, codeine for pain, & caffeine which has been found to help the other meds in it work faster & better. I take Vicodin (hydrocodone), for pain, & Flexeril as a muscle relaxor. If I drink cup of coffee or tea I can really tell the difference it makes in timing to make the meds work better. Some meds that were originally made for one condition are used for many other conditions. For instance I take Lyrica for Fibromyalgia pain, & it is a seizure medicine that was approved by the FDA for fibromyalgia just a few years ago. This is just one instance. I would say try the medicine, & if it works Wonderful!!! Hope this help you understand why they would prescribe this for your pain. Good luck...
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