Posts Tagged ‘medications’

and two pills knock you out…

30 October 2008

So I recently wrote about the various medications I’ve been taking for my back. (see: and one pill makes you small…)

I’ve discovered why I don’t tend to mix muscle relaxers and other pain medicines.

Both my naproxin and my cyclobenzaprine list drowsiness and dizziness as a side effect.  Taken alone, I can handle either pill.  Together… well… I became a walking, or sitting rather, zombie.  I would seriously just go blank.  Also, looking at the computer screen only increased my dizziness.

Needless to say, this was not all that pleasant of an experience.  So, I’m off my pills.  Here’s to hoping over-the-counter ibuprofen keeps the pain down.

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and one pill makes you small…

27 October 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve been on muscle relaxers for more than a few hours.

Typically, I’ll take one before or during some spasms.  Most of the time I’ll just sort of pass out for a few hours and when I wake up I feel a lot better.  With this new development of intense pain in my back and neck, I’ve been on a daily regiment of cyclobenzaprine and this new (to me) NSAID called naproxen.  (Previously I’d been on lodine… and I was once on propoxyphene-n too…  They seem to always give me cyclobenzaprine now, since I had a really bad reaction to just a half dose of skelaxin.  )

Work has definitely been interesting.  It’s amazingly hard to focus, not just on work but anything.  I just go blank.  I’m tired and just slightly dizzy.  All to be expected with these pills, hence why I normally like to just stay home while I’m on them.

My little personal pharmacy has almost become an amusement to me, though still slightly embarassing.  It’s all pain killers and muscle relaxers, and even my vertigo medication.  I think most of the embarassment comes with the issues those pills were prescribed for, starting 6 years ago…  Unexplainable acute paralysis, tremors, spasms… I’m not as strong or as healthy or as physically capable as I’d like to be.  And doctors can’t and couldn’t find any explainations.  So I get more pills just to take care of the symptoms.  I definitely don’t have a habit or anything, but it would be easy to start one if I wanted.  My mom went had some extreme back problems once, and we got to compare our medications.  It’s nice to know I don’t need to worry about bringing my little bag-o-pills to her house for those “what-if” emergencies.

Sometimes I think that maybe bionics are the way to go…