My husband has had spine surgery and has arthritis and possibly fibromyalgia. His arthritis dr. said today she hates soma and won't write it. We don't really want to change dr's in mid-stream with his RA treatment, should we try pain management to get this RX? It appears from reading the reviews this is exactly what he needs for some relief.
Many Drs wont prescribe Soma. It can be a very addictive drug and the addictive properties outweigh the benefits in most cases. There are too many other good muscle relaxants that dont carry as much risk. My Dr, too, will not prescribe Soma and she IS a PM Dr. No Dr in this PM practice I go to will prescribe (the one I went to previously was the same way). There are also rumors that Soma is being taken off the market, possibly this year. If this is the case, it might benefit him to go ahead and try a different muscle relaxant because he would have to switch anyway if it is removed from the US market. It has been already removed from the market in many European countries. I would suggest Tizanidine, cyclobenzeprine, or baclofen as muscle relaxants to try. I take tizanidine as a substitute for the Soma I was on previously. It works pretty well for me. I take it at bedtime and it helps me sleep.
Hey idavis. Good luck with your husband. Fibro is not a fun thing to live with. There is no cure. I suggest first, that you go to a fibro specialist before you get rid of your present doctor, as the fibro doctor will know exactly what works, and what doesn't with fibro. I happen to take a new med called Amrix. It is the old flexeril that no one can take because it makes them so sleepy. Apparently, they reformulated it in 15, and 30 mg capsules which are time released. You take it between 7-8 PM, and the worst of the tiredness happens during sleep. BRILLIANT!! Then the muscle relaxation occurs all day. I find that it helps a lot with my spasms. Also fibro doctors have other tricks up their sleeves which your husband will have to learn such as pacing himself through the day, avoiding stress (huh!), etc. There is a lot to learn here, so use this group as a resource! Good luck!!
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