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back muscle spasms

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hazeldog Tue 09-Oct-12 23:13:06

I have an old injury in my back and get painful muscle spasms on the site of it. Breastfeeding exacerbates it terribly and I'm taking painkillers but the only drug that sorts it out is diclofenac and it makes me really Ill. I've seen physios who jus misdiagnose it and give me ineffectual exercises to do. Has anybody any experience of other treatments working? I can't really afford expensive massages I've spent hundreds maybe thousands over the years on alternative therapies with little results. And with a very littlw baby its bot easy to fit in a long treatment session.I've read about trigger point injection but don't know if its done in this country.

Jux Tue 09-Oct-12 23:36:23

Oh, you poor thing, how ghastly.

I did my back in, and it spammed for weeks as I stupidly didn't go to the doc immediately. When I did I was given diclofenac, but was told I could use paracetomol and neurofen as well. I took the diclofenac 3 times a day, and in between doses took one paracetomol and one neurofen (they're both more effective if you take them together). I was also given diazepam as a muscle relaxant to calm the spasms.

I also took Zydol for a few days, but reacted very badly to it. If it works for you, though, I understand it is a miracle-worker of a drug.

I didn't know you take diclofenac when breast feeding and don't know if you can take any of the pills under those circumstances (except paracetomol, obviously, which is fine.).

I do hope it calms down soon. Hot water bottles? Sometimes lying on a packet of frozen peas does it a lot of good too. I used to find that really helpful. I just lay down on the floor with the packet stuffed under the worst bit of my back, and watched tv for an hour or so.

Jux Tue 09-Oct-12 23:37:24

Um, my back spasmed, it didn't spam! grin

hazeldog Tue 09-Oct-12 23:46:31

I am permanently attached to my water bottle. I was thinking of diazepam too but wary of aslin

hazeldog Tue 09-Oct-12 23:48:07

Asking the doc for it as I became dependent on it when suffering severe PTSD some years ago and wouldn't want them thinking I'm trying to blog drugs off them. Zydol sounds interesting I will have a read

hazeldog Tue 09-Oct-12 23:49:03

*blag drugs. Arrrgh autocorrect. <grin>

Jux Tue 09-Oct-12 23:59:00

Apparently Zydol works in a totally different way to other painkillers. When I took it I entered an alternative reality! My torso went numb and my entire scalp itched/tingled. Various other things which I can't remember now happened too. The numb torso bit made the doctor who had come out to see me think I had had another ms attack, despite my protestations to the contrary. At any rate he took me off it and I returned to normal.

hazeldog Wed 10-Oct-12 00:06:51

Ohh I looked it up its tramadol which is an opiate analogue it has lots of side effects like itching and being tripped out. I'm already taking codiene so don't know that it would be any different. What I really really want is a muscle relaxant injected right into the point of pain but I don't even know if that exists as a treatment...

Jux Wed 10-Oct-12 08:29:16

I'm sure it does, but I suspect you'd have to be in an almighty appalling state before they'd consider it - not minimizing your pain at all, for all I know it could be that bad.

When did you see a doctor? I think you could phone and say that the painkillers aren't strong enough and you are still in agony; but don't over-state it. The medics are treading a fine line between controlling your pain, while keeping you in a state where you can look after your baby and continue to bf. It's a hard one.

How are you this morning? How was your night? Perhaps a change of mattress (so impractical, sorry!) might help. One doc I saw suggested I sleep on the floor, or put my mattress on the floor so that it was harder and would support my back better.

seriouslyshocked Wed 10-Oct-12 12:41:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

swampmonster Thu 11-Oct-12 13:39:48

codeine phosphate absolutely but unsure if breastfeeding

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