I have just gone through my third round of back spasms in 9 months. Down to 2 mg prednisone at the time. Nothing really works to stop them. (Well, marijuana did the first time but that's a long story.) Been to chiropractor, urgent care (walk in, like an ER) and primary care physician. No real answers, so I'm thinking that my already inflamed muscles just get set off by something. Each time I had been driving/traveling (although nothing extraordinary) and carrying a quite light suitcase. Have any of you had this problem? Thanks in advance for your replies. You are an awesome group.
Anyone get back spasms?: I have just gone through... - PMRGCAuk
Hi, I think you have answered your own question really. Driving and/or carrying bags always causes spasms in my back (though I have a long term condition). Perhaps you need to shore yourself up better in the car. I have a pillow against my leg and the door to hold me steady. I put the seat upright almost and lower it so my feet can be flat to the floor, with my knees slightly higher than my hips. I stop every 30mins or at services and just have a stretch and walk around.
I take tramadol and co-codamol anyway but have to add a nsaid and do my usual back stretches. It not usually good to take pred and nsaids for any length of time. I don't think drugs like amitryptiline will do you any good if it's just when you drive, they are better taken daily.
It doesn't happen when I am actually driving. It woke me in the middle of the night and was unrelenting for a week. (Unfortunately I did have to drive 4 hours home while the spasms continued.) I have a regiment of stretches and strengthening exercises I do in order to strengthen my muscles as I deal with PMR plus I walk 30 minutes a day. I did take Advil but that doesn't seem to help with spasms (or with PMR). Nothing really does. Thank you for your ideas on what you do in the car. I do adjust as needed but I think it was the length of time in the car more than anything that set it off. It was just an overnight, so my bag was really light. I guess it doesn't take much. I am just wondering if this is common for others with PMR. Thank you!
I usually get to bed at my sister's (3hrs) and I text her downstairs and she has to come up and turn me over. It's not while I am driving but I now have to have auto car with cruise control which has helped enormously on long journeys. But I never drive for more than 45mins unless I have to. I will come off motorways and park for a walk.
I do, have done for many years and PMR just added to it. Mine is myofascial pain syndrome and I'm lucky, I have a lovely pain clinic specialist who is working on it - in the absence of the physio I hoped for! I used to use Bowen therapy and more recently therapeutic massage from a physio to keep it livable with.
But did they mention what muscle relaxant it was? It may well have been diazepam.....