User Reviews for Soma
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Reviews for Soma to treat Muscle Spasm
"I have severe spinal stenosis and ddd. Not to mention a list of other things that cause me pain and loss of sleep . Kaiser has taken me off of soma and I have tried several other muscle relaxers none work for me and the side effects were unbearable!. My quality of life has deminished soon, I won't be able to get out of bed. When I was taking Soma to control my pain From spasms this was a miracle medicine . I have never had any side effects from it at all . Would a doctor stop giving medicine for other conditions like diabetes or heart disease No! But they did with Soma . Due to this issue I will be laying in bed for Christmas yeah Merry Christmas ! I cried myself to sleep last night . Thank you Kaiser that's your plan for me live in pain"
This medication has helped me (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 23, 2016
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"I was in mva,resulting in C ,T and L-spine fx, had 4 major surgery procedures & with 50/50 chance of death or possible paralysis from neck down! Fortunately I have positive results, with combination of pain medication & soma,I have at least been able to survive! Soma is the only muscle relaxer that actually works.My new pain management Dr.does not like it & wants me to discontinue using it. He is young, and at my age 68 ,I would prefer to live a better quality of life vs living longer and and suffering even more! I have read most of the studies, but these people do not live in severe pain and I have been in other rx stud studies,& they are not convincing or long term, I think these are big pharma slanted! Soma has been the best & only one"
Misha girl 8 (taken for 10 years or more) November 4, 2016
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"I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, herniated discs in my neck and lower back, deterioration of my spine, etc. I've been on soma and a pain med, for over 15 years. I take them only when my back starts spasming out. A combination of being in pain constantly and the fibro. They are the only muscle relaxer that works, and I can only take one brand, as the others make me nauseous. Whatever they throw in for fill. Now the DEA, is getting into all our business, and on the doctors backs. I've never had a problem with my meds, I'm almost 60 yrs old, and they want to take the only thing that works for me away! All because of certain idiots that Don't take it properly. I have a child to take of, which i cant do laying in bed."
PJPained (taken for 10 years or more) October 15, 2016
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"I have Ankylosing Spondylitous and have suffered for 30 years with muscle spasms the whole time. Ive been on Soma for 12 years (2 a day) and have had tremendous relief. It allows me to work and contribute like a normal person. Nothing else works like this and now as of 10/01/16 my health care provider will not prescribe it anymore! All because a few knuckleheaded people abuse it and end up addicted. Now Im on a journey through all the other muscle relaxers to find something that will work like Soma. Just got my first round of something else that look like horse pills that I have to take 4x a day. Wait, I thought change was a good thing....................................Not so much in this case."
Steve1324 October 15, 2016
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"I have suffered from chronic back pain and spasms for about 20 years. I've been prescribed a large variety of different medication and by far, somas are the only relaxer I've been prescribed that really really works. My Dr doesn't like to prescribe them however, he knows that I don't abuse any medication. I only take something when really necessary. I get muscle spasms in my rib area that makes it very difficult to breathe or move. I also have them in my lower back. I also have a herniated disc, a protruding disk, a bulging disc, and degenerative disc disease. I always break it in half, and normally that's enough to calm the spasms in about 10 to 15 minutes. It helps a great deal with pain and the only one that doesn't knock me out."
No time for down time (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 8, 2016
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"A wonderful medication with no apparent side effects that just works. It does make you feel good, which can equate to some psychological dependency, however it is not physically addicting. I have been on 350 mg three times per day. It is a wonderful relief from pain medication to help pain in my back and neck. This is derived from a discontinued medication called Miltown, which was derived from a barbiturate."
Foxtrotz (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 24, 2016
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"Soma 350mg is a wonder drug for my back pain (L3L4 herinated disc). It can be hard to get, It gave many doctors a bad taste so to speak. I only take it as needed. I have tried just about every muscle relaxer over the years. The only one that comes close to soma is called zanaflex, But there is no contest soma works the best for my back pain. I take it when my pain scale is 7/8 out of 10. It usually takes me down to a 3/4 within 30 to 45 mins. However use this time to rest your back because the effects of soma do not last very long. It starts to loose its effect in 2-3 hours. Also it works best for me once a day as needed. I also take tramadol 50mg and gabapentin 600mg for pain."
LongRideHome (taken for 10 years or more) June 18, 2016
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"I was on Soma for over 20 years for fibromyalgia. I moved to a different area and no dr will prescribe it. What is wrong when you have tried every other muscle relaxant and I do mean every and none work ar they have bad side effects and the only relief you get is from soma and no one wants you to take it because some idiots might get addicted??? What about us? The people suffering because the only med that helps is off limits. I don't get it. It is 1:30 am and I am sitting up because the pain is so bad I can't sleep. Please tell me how I'm supposed to get up and go to work tomorrow and lots of other days with no sleep because of pain. Explain that one to me. Because right now I am very upset that I am suffering over some idiotic crap!!!"
Powder45 (taken for 10 years or more) April 8, 2016
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"I have been on somas for 5 years for my back spasms. There are the only thing that I have found that works for me. I tried many other muscle relaxants and none worked. I do physical work and they make it easier to move around."
Anonymous February 27, 2016
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"I have taken carisoprodol for about 7 years 3 per day as needed. This is to prevent painful muscle cramps of my ribcage muscles, the intercostals. These muscles are mostly pretty small but very painful when they cramp. Tried flexeril 15 years ago for a couple of years. They put me to sleep and did not prevent the cramps. Dr then prescribed Robaxin which was unreliable at pretty high dosages. I developed spinal issues both in the neck and low back. Prescribed opioids throughout to alleviate pain of the back issues as well as the muscle cramps. Soma for at least the last 7 years. Very effective at preventing, and even stopping attacks. 10 minutes to take effect. No noticeable side effects or withdrawal. Maybe just lucky. Great med."
hikarl (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 27, 2016
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"Started taking after spinal fusion constant muscle spasms with any activity. Can bite off a piece when needed never increased dosage in 10 years. People with addictive personality can get hooked on anything its just in there DNA. This drug helped me work much longer than I could have without it."
1roof (taken for 10 years or more) December 5, 2015
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"I have been in a pain clinic for 21 years now, 20 of those years I have been prescribed Soma. this is a far superior muscle relaxant to the other 5 or 6 available to Drs. Most have no side effects and in combination with other medications (in my case) can live an almost normal life. The DEA/irresponsible people are to blame for the current problems we are dealing with now. TALK with your Dr. And anyone else who will listen."
Patient Advocate December 4, 2015
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"Soma is by far the best muscle relaxer that is under the "muscle relaxer class". Even with extreme stiffness and spasms that have been left untreated for years, Soma is the only muscle relaxer that provides relief. Many doctors won't prescribe it because they say it can be abused, which is a joke. The FDA doesn't seem to like meds that actually work. It's 100X superior to flexeril, tiziadine, etc. Soma works different -- it's the only muscle relaxer that slows down the nerves instead of just causing central nervous system (CNS) depression. All other muscles relaxers only do CNS depression and their theory is by slowing down the body, the muscles will relax. Not always true. Soma does CNS depression AND it works on the nerves. Best there is."
JJ222 September 22, 2015
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"I have severe lower back sciatica problems especially on right side, and effects inner right leg. I have been on numerous medications with no relief from pain. But some which if I need only take at night and only take as needed. Yes I have been on this medication off and on for yrs because Kaiser will not cover then then do. So when they don't I have to try something else which as of right now has not helped with pain. Yes sometime I have slight lightheaded. But never severe. And with this medication I get to sleep and wake up usually so much better. But once again Kaiser as of July 2015 I was told will not cover and Drs can not prescribe. So once again I need to try other meds."
LaLoca64 July 28, 2015
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"This med is flat out dangerous..I'm prescribed Xanax 1mg three times daily. DO NOT MIX THESE TWO..I was on both carisoprodol and Xanax and I had not 1 but 2 overdoses accidentally - not on purpose. I literally was airlifted to two different hospitals within a month and a half. This is a great medication for its intended purpose however it is extremely addicting. It should be labeled schedule 2 in my opinion as to the danger this medication holds when taken with another CNS..I also suffer from panic disorder and anxiety."
Ndawg669 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 4, 2015
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"I have experienced severe pain and muscle spasms in my back for 35 years. Soma along with my narcotic analgesics have been a godsend. Soma helps me relax and sleep and start to work fairly quickly. I take 4 a day."
lucky123987 May 3, 2015
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"I have severe back pain due to an injury and the hundreds of bone marrow aspirates because of my leukemia. After many drugs (more than a dozen combinations). I find Soma to be excellent at relieving the muscle spasms, pain, and it also releaves anxiety similar to benzos and helps me sleep like no other medicine. I also take OxyContin with it and that is what keeps me stable and going throughout the day."
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2015
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