Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PVLady, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I was wondering how many people take Soma? It is so effective for fibro. I have been taking just one at bedtime and the next day no aches.

    I have read on the web others also saying how great Soma works. I don't see it mentioned here often.
  2. Kathryn51

    Kathryn51 New Member

    I switched from Flexeril to Soma months ago. I had been on Flexeril since 1997.

    I take Soma 4 times a day and some days have to add a Flexeril.

    That's just me.

  3. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have never tried Flexeril. Does it work also? Do you supplement the Soma with a Flexeril?

  4. mylilcherub428

    mylilcherub428 New Member

    soma works great I have my period right now and is most helpfull with that
  5. LaQuiet

    LaQuiet New Member

    I take Soma at bedtime for Myofascial pain and it helps me sleep along with easing the MPS over night...
  6. Kellyslaw

    Kellyslaw New Member

    Dear PVLady, I started taking Soma in July. I was on Flexaril first, but I had severe peptic ulcer disease and the Flexaril aggrivated them awful. I had to beg my dr for Soma, but she finally perscribed it and I am so thankful that she did. It really does take the edge off of the neuro radiating pain.

    I am glad it works for you too.

    Here's to fighting the good fight for pain relief.

  7. cruizon

    cruizon New Member

    I may see if I can get my pcp to prescribe be some. What about the chances of being addictive to this?
  8. msSusan

    msSusan Member

    I have taken soma for almost 3 years and it is no longer very effective. It does help with sleep most days but gives VERY short term relief during the day. I have also developed headaches which may or may not be caused by soma.
    I take 350mg at night and 350mg during the day to take the edge off of muscle pain in head/neck.

    I do get groggy from daytime dose but not as bad as flexeril or zanaflex.
  9. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    I too am on soma. It helps me to relax and sleep better at night . I have been taking it off and on over seveal years. It can also make me drowsy in the day time so I have to watch it in the day time. I really like how it works .

    This medication has helped me for several years. It relaxs me and helps with my pain. Thanks

  10. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I believe the standard dose is 350 mg of Soma. A side note, my mom has fibromyalgia (all her life) she is now age 92 in a nursing home.

    I am sneaking Soma to her every day. They do not know about fibromyalgia and she really starts suffering. I can't stand it so I go medicate her. I am sure I will be in deep trouble if I am caught but I won't let her suffer.

    I have asked in writing for them to give her Soma because it works. She is stuck in the bed there, can't see well, can't hear well and hurting.

    When I give her Soma it really helps. We hide them in her glasses case. Am I bad?????

    I know the other drugs she is on, I checked her chart and the Soma I give her won't hurt her.

    Yes, I am bad, another thing I did today - I was at doctor and tried to give a urine specimen. First time I completely missed the cup, so they said drink water and try again. So I did, and missed the cup again the second time.

    That time, I just scooped some water from the toilet and turned it in. Yes, I am bad.....
  11. tandy

    tandy New Member

    just giggling at the honesty of PVlady

    I'd do the same

    on a serious note~ I've gotten soma before for really bad muscle pain/spasms. It works real good for me~

    problem is is my dr. won't prescribe it on a reg. basis
    because he said its very addicting~
    (yup,..the ole ADDICTING word used again)
    anything addicting I can't seem to get my hands on.
    And everything that works is addicting~
    Ya can't win
  12. simonedb

    simonedb Member

    I tried it like 15 years ago and it helped some with spine pain etc<BR>
    so I tried it again recently and it sort of helps fall asleep and pain etc but it really hurts my stomach.....! I recalled it caused indigestion when I tried a long time ago but its much worse now, I don't know if I even want to use it occasionally as it is pretty severe gut disturbance even on a 1/4 of a tab.<BR>
    and flexeril, even a small amount made me feel like I couldnt breathe......scary
  13. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I've been prescribed Soma for over 3 yrs. Some times I've had to take it daily, some times there are days in between. Never felt 'addicted'. <BR>
    Doesn't help with my deep bone pain but it does help with the muscle aches in my thighs. It is MUCH more effective than any of the other muscle relaxers I've tried including Flexiril.<BR>
    If I take it with my pain medication I can take it when I have to go to work. Doesn't really effect me in a negative way. If I take it alone, it makes me sleepy. Isn't that weird? I mean my pain meds don't make me peppy or anything.
  14. Doober

    Doober New Member

    What time of the day do you take it. My Dr prescribed this for me with instructions to take before bed-time.<BR>
    Sometimes it takes up to an hour, maybe slightly more for me to feel any affects of meds. So taking this before I go to sleep makes me feel like it is kicking in while I am sleeping and possibly wearing off before I wake up?<BR>
    Am I better off taking this like 4 hours before I get in bed in order to realize if it is in fact helping me?<BR>
    Also when I wake up, I feel so tired. Even during the weekends when I get to sleep as late as I want (well, at least until either the wife or kids decide to wake me up)..<BR>
    So maybe your answers will help me decide to try taking it earlier, or maybe even give me an idea of asking the DR if taking it maybe twice a day would be better?
  15. simonedb

    simonedb Member

    its my understanding this is a very short acting med so it shouldnt take awhile to build up for effect, I think you pretty much know in the same day what its doing to you.....that said its possible to build up a tolerance to short acting meds so you might get more used to it over time
  16. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    For your doctor ask him the question what is not addictive/ If your in pain your going to take over the counter pain meds and you will become addicted to them emotionally and maybe phyically, as well with advil and other over the counter meds. Tums are addictive, ffood is addictive, diet coke is addictive so what is not addictive. It is in how you use the medication. I started out taking Mscontin 100 mgs, after shattering my wrist I was told to take 5 mscontin a day not one every 12 hours but 5 times a day. This was from the pain specialist and my orthopedic doctor. I am not addicted to it. I noticed about a year after this that at the end of the month when it was nearing time to refill my meds I always had lots left over. But do to the fact I was seeing my pain doctor I went in to my monthly visit and did not say any thing until one day I noticed that in my drawer I had two full bottles of 100 mg Mscointin.<BR>
    I went in to my pain doctor asap and took the bottles with me and we got rid of them together. And he reduced the doseage, I soon had to change md's insurance thing and the new doctor this time a rehumy had a FIT about my HIGH dosage. So he reduced it again. Now 6 yrs later I am taking 2 200 mg Mscointin a day. I never had a horriable time with weaing off them, I did most of it on my own. I would take a pill and for a while I would feel good , relaxed adn dose off so it would be hours before I felt like I needed another pill. I am also on MSIR 30 mgs so when I hurt I took one of those I was so worried that some day some one was going to tell on me for the amount of pain meds I took.<BR>
    I have only flown once and that was to New York at that time I was taking the 5 a day Mscontin , I put two dose's of the MScointin and 3 of the msir in my purse worried that I was going to get busted for carrying so many pain meds. I had put most of my meds in a make up bag with a zipper on it and a paddlelock so that only I had the key to get in to. No one questioned me as I went thru security. After that I didn't really worry about it.<BR>
    I do feel better now since I have a lower dosage, I do have days where nothing seems to ease my pain or even make me sleepy, BOy I wish I was sleepy now. at 2:11 am.<BR>
    I hope that you know that every thing can become addictive if you think about it enough or want it enough, I know that some poeple are addicted to food they don't know how to stop eating or how to eat better. I don't eat as healthy as I should, but I am working on it. <BR>
    Have a good morning<BR>
  17. msbsgblue

    msbsgblue Member

    Be careful with that. It could interact with her other meds. Scarier yet, it caused my ex to pass out and his symptoms looked as though he had a heart attack. Spent 5 days in cardiac unit only to find out that he had a reaction to the Soma he had been taking.

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