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Diazepam and back trouble

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JellySlice Fri 18-May-18 09:14:21

How long does it take for a 5mg dose of diazepam to affect a spasm? Is it cumulative, or will a single dose ease a mild spasm?

I was prescribed diazepam for severe back pain, and it has been an utter godsend. But I'm not sure how to use it when I have a milder spasm.

JellySlice Sun 20-May-18 19:27:57


Blahblahblahyadayadayada Mon 21-May-18 22:39:52

Are you feeling any better now?

JellySlice Mon 21-May-18 23:18:49

Right now I'm OK. I'm thinking about what to do the next time I get a back spasm. Obviously for a severe spasm I'll use the diazepam. I often get milder spasms, they might ease after a few days, or they might get worse. It would be wonderful if I could head off the spasm before it got worse. That's what I'm wondering about.

Blahblahblahyadayadayada Tue 22-May-18 19:36:38

It’s tricky, isn’t it, trying to gauge whether that thing in your back will ease or seize up completely and leave you unable to do anything at all. I suppose it might depend on how the diazepam affects you as to whether you need it for a milder spasm. Do the NSAIDS help you in the early stages?

JellySlice Tue 22-May-18 21:35:57

With a milder spasm, ibuprofen taken immediately, plus the opportunity to remain mobile and also take rests, can see me back to normal within a week. Unfortunately life is rarely so accommodating! Then the episode can go on for weeks, with stiffness resulting from the pain, and often the spasm flares up again.

Blahblahblahyadayadayada Wed 23-May-18 21:05:24

Has your GP prescribed the diazepam to use in case of a spasm, ie to have on hand? I suppose you won’t know if it is useful at the mild stage u less you try it but it may make you drowsy.

JellySlice Wed 23-May-18 23:20:29

5mg doesn't make me drowsy. I don't feel my alertness is affected until I've been on it for a few days, which is why I wonder whether its spasm-relieving effect is also cumulative.

swingofthings Thu 24-May-18 07:24:17

You can break 5mg into two. Valium is an addictive drug, so to be taken very carefully and most importantly, should normally prescribed only for a short period of time (I think no more than 2 weeks) unless really necessary.

snotato Thu 24-May-18 07:47:03

If I were you, id keep them the diazepam for severe back pain.
Just for the mild back spasms, try stretches/gentle exercises,heat pads,painkillers etc. I have found that saunas and jacuzzis help to loosen my back a bit also.

Blahblahblahyadayadayada Fri 25-May-18 06:08:39

Yes diazepam is addictive and it takes a few days to leave your system completely. As it breaks down in the body it still has active components which might explain the cumulative effects. I try to use milder medication early on for the milder spasms and use diazepam for a couple of days in case of severe ones. But I know it is difficult to tell if a mild spasm is going to turn into a major one.

nursy1 Fri 25-May-18 06:28:23

snitato. Is right.
For mild back pain I can usually head it off by cat and cow yoga stretches, rest, heat packs/ baths and some ibuprofen.
Nothing works like diazepam for the pain of a spasm though.
Long term, doing Pilates has helped a lot. Strong core muscles support your back more

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