2 posts tagged “muscle relaxant”

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Is This Saturday

Posted May 10th, 2012 by

What Are You Doing for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day?

Sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (Saturday, May 12th) is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of this complex chronic pain disorder.   Fibromyalgia (FM) affects an estimated 10 million people in the US, 75-90 percent of whom are women—but it can also occur in men and children.

The 2012 theme for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is “Make Fibromyalgia Visible.”  There are several ways you can help do this:

You can also take a moment to brush up on this often-misunderstood condition, which is characterized by pain or aching in the muscles (myalgia) and multiple points of tenderness (trigger points).  With more than 23,000 patients, the fibromyalgia community at PatientsLikeMe is a great place to gain knowledge.  Some of the most commonly reported symptoms in our community include muscle and joint pain, brain fog, pain in the lower back and balance problems.

Symptoms Commonly Reported by PatientsLikeMe Members with Fibromyalgia

What are our members doing to cope?  Commonly reported treatments include selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs) such as Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and Venlafaxine (Effexor); analgesic and anti-convulsant medications such as Pregabalin (Lyrica) and Gabapentin (Neurontin); and muscle relaxants such as Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Carisoprodol (Soma).  Click on each treatment name to see how patients evaluate the effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.

For more insight into living with the “constant, widespread pain” of fibromyalgia, check out this video made by a recently diagnosed patient. And if you’re a PatientsLikeMe member, don’t miss the forum tag Life with Fibromyalgia.


How Would You Evaluate Your Experience with Muscadol?

Posted March 6th, 2011 by

Muscadol is an international brand of medication that combines acetaminophen, a widely used analgesic (pain reliever), with orphenadrine citrate, a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is used in the treatment of muscle spasm and tremors associated with various musculoskeletal conditions.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, only one patient reports using Muscadol in a dosage of “100 mg as needed.”  Given the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions – including fibromyalgia, sciatica and herniated disc disorder – we know there are many others who may have tried Muscadol to relieve their symptoms.

If you’ve been prescribed Muscadol or another anti-spasm/anti-tremor muscle relaxant, we encourage you to share your experiences (including side effects, dosage, effectiveness, cost and more) to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments, interventions and lifestyle modifications that have helped you or simply had no effect.

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