I broke my neck and wrenched all the nerves and muscles on the right side of my neck. I also have knees that eventually will have to be scoped. I've tried every OTC there is for sleep, and have been prescribed valium which works wonderfully to allow normal sleep, and when taken in the morning, I don't have the pain as much in my knees and in my neck. I've gone through the gambit of prescribed medications to address sleeping and never had a problem with valium. I'm nearly 60 years old and healthy. I take blood pressure medications. I am prescribed 5mg oxycotin (spelling?) and only take it when warranted. I don't like drugs, but I also don't like extreme pain, or absolute fatigue (caused by the pain). Valium works. What do you think?
Oxycontin does not work if taken on an as needed basis. You are on a very low dose so take it every day. It is no more addictive then valium and you might be able to sleep better if you don't have so much pain. Valium is a great muscle relaxer, but I think you'd be better off with a regular muscle relaxer and save the valium for sleep. We do ourselves a great disservice when we allow public opinion to influence how we deal with pain.
That is up to you. Valium is one of the best muscle relaxants available and will help your tight muscles better than any other medication. If it allows you to sleep and feel better then why not use it? It can be habit forming but as long as you are careful and follow Drs directions, when it is no longer needed, you can taper off and be done with it. If you are prescribed Oxycontin, the long acting formula (and not the short acting oxycodone) then you should be taking that every day, twice a day. It is not meant to be an "as needed" medication. If you want to only take something "as needed" then you should be on the immediate release short acting oxycodone (there is a difference between Oxycontin and oxycodone-Oxycontin is a long acting medication for around the clock administration for chronic pain and oxycodone is an immediate release short acting medication that can be used daily or "as needed" for acute or chronic pain). If these medications work well for you then by all means, you should be taking them. It is for you to decide what is best for your body, it is no one else's decision.
- Valium Information for Consumers
- Valium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Valium (detailed)
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