My NL (who knows nothing about chiari :) ) suggested that I take a muscle relaxer for my tight shoulder & neck muscles and see if that helps anything. I told her I thought I had some at home from being prescribed them randomly over the years so she didn't give me a prescription that day. I have some 10mg Flexeril at home and some 100mg Norflex ER.
Anyone take either of these? Which would be better for my tight neck/shoulder muscles?
Both bottles state the dosage on them that you can take. The Flexeril I believe was given to me after I had some dental work done to help loosen my jaw/neck muscles because I ended up with Trismus. And the Norflex was given to me by my old PCP awhile ago because I mentioned during a visit my neck and shoulders were chronically tight.
I suppose I could call my NL and see which one she recommends.... I just Hate calling there!! Lol Each time you call, they make you feel like you are the world's biggest inconvenience & usually the nurse screws up the message and gets the wrong info from the NL anyway!
The NL suggested I could do some PT to help with my muscles, but I did PT for my low back once and wasn't a fan of it, as I dont really like people touching my neck or back. I have been using my heating pad pretty religiously since I got into a car accident a month ago, which feels great!
I am thinking about trying professional massage therapy for my shoulders... massages at home feel amazing... thinking that a professional one might feel even better!
The Flexeril is 10mg at bed time. The Norflex is 100mg 2x/day.
Those are really big differences in mg's... Does this mean the Norflex is stronger or are they on some kind of different scale? 10mg compared to 100mg is a huge difference! Lol
And I know what you mean about the massage... I have yet to come across anyone that knows anything about chiari, so I don't have my hopes up at all about finding a massage therapist that does. I am a freak about people touching my neck or head, so I can guarantee i would only let them do from the tops of my shoulders where they meet my neck on down!
Selma is the greatest and calling the pharmaccy is a good idea. You can also get on line to see what the difference is. I used Flexill myself for a while and it didn't help much, so now they have me on Zanaflex which seems to help better. I would call the pharmacy though and see what they think. Hope you get some muscle relief. For me this time of year I use my ice pack to ease the pain. I also wouldn't let anyone get near your next or head. I used to go to massage, but quit going after being dx'd. If they don't know anything about Chairi it could cause a flare up. Best of luck.
I also have both of them...
Upon being released from te hospital postaurgery I was given Norflex and told to use that instea of the flexeril (that I have been taking every night for probably over a year).
Flexeril is a more immediate thing, the Norflex is ER which is extended release so it supposed to last longer...for me, it didn't work...I stuck with flexeril!
Hope this helps!
I have tried several muscle relaxers over the years for my shoulder pain and flexeril is the only one that works for me. It helps with the pain and also helps me to sleep. I am really sensitive to medication so I usually only take half of a 10 mg tablet at bedtime. Sometimes when I am in a a lot of pain during the day I'll take a quarter. It helps without making me too tired. Hope this helps some.
I swear by Flexeril! I have dealt with Chiari symptoms for over 20 years now and now if I take a Flexeril right when the headache starts to come on, I fall asleep and wake up as if I never had the headache. It is a miracle drug for Chiari headaches!!
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