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Norflex/orphenadrine - muscle relaxant with AD properties


larkspur
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Hi guys,

 

Some of you may recall some time ago that I was dealing with severe chronic pain. I've seen four different pain specialists, and the consensus is that I've got myofascial pain syndrome--that's essentially extremely painful muscle knots that create referred pain to a different part of the body. While opiates help some, my doctors all tell me that a muscle relaxant will work better. I've take Baclofen and Zanaflex with minimal effect, and so I dug in to do some research. Norflex (orphenadrine) appears to be an effective muscle relaxant with antidepressant properties

 

I'm starting a new job soon and I know my pain will return if I have to spend a lot of time on my feet. Have any of you taken Norflex for any reason? How was it? Give me some hope!

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That is an interesting link ... I had no idea about that.

 

I take orphenadrine for headaches periodically and it works well.  No med interactions for me.

 

A stronger muscle relaxant IMO, FWIW, is cyclobenzaprine, which really loosens muscles up, especially from spasm.  I took it for maybe 5 or 6 years from a bad back sprain, and it really helped.  Didn't interact with any meds I was on.

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I don't know why no one has offered me one of those muscle relaxers. Maybe I have the wrong type of migraine. But I think I am going to ask my pain Dr. once I get admitted to the clinic.

 

You can't become dependent on them, can you?

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The only muscle relaxant that's considered to have significant abuse potential is Soma. But yeah, a lot of migraines have origins in myofascial pain, specifically trigger points in the neck.

 

Edit: Any doctor can check for trigger points at a pain clinic, they'll palpate your neck and upper back, and if they find a knot that twitches or causes pain in another part of the body, that's a trigger point. MPS can also be the cause of TMJ and other kinds of facial pain. I'm lucky I guess in that my pain is mostly in my neck/shoulder and lower back (referred pain to hips and knees from those TP, mostly).

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I don't know why no one has offered me one of those muscle relaxers. Maybe I have the wrong type of migraine. But I think I am going to ask my pain Dr. once I get admitted to the clinic.

 

You can't become dependent on them, can you?

 

I was on orphenadrine for a long time and was able to come off of it fairly fast, with no withdrawal effects and I had no side effects with the med when taking it. 

 

But, apparently (according to this link) one needs to be careful of addiction:

 

http://www.drugs.com/mtm/orphenadrine.html

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