Pain Management/fleril

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Can you tell me the long term side effects of Flexeril. When I was in Maine,I had been on it for years and the Dr had no problem giving it to me. Now I live in fl and one Dr will take it away and another one will give it back to me. Right now I'm off it. Tomorrow I see the Dr and try to get it back. But what's wrong with leaving well enough alone?

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Joyce,  I apologize for the wait. I did not receive your question, because I had Internet connection problems. I'm sorry, I just wanted you to know that you were not being ignored. The drug Flexeril is safe to use,  even long term, as long as a patient is not on an MAO inhibitor or a trycyclic anti-depressant.  There are some cardiac irregularities which can be made worse by long term Flexeril use, however those were the only contraindications  that I found. Why don't you ask your physician why he or she doesn't want you to have them long-term. Good luck. Let me know if I can help further.  

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I welcome questions from people who may want a "nurse's perspective" on the subject of chronic pain and pain management. I am a nurse, NOT a physician (MD).I can answer questions on medications, alternative approaches, and the various organs and body systems. There are many avenues to explore with chronic pain. I am against seeing patients suffer simply because healthcare professionals might suspect they are "drug seekers". There are methods of identifying true pain, and this makes patients feel as if they are taken seriously, which they should be.

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Over 25 years working experience in Internal Medicine, Adult Cardiology, Post-Surgery care, Cancer, psychiatry and some experience as a lay-counselor in addictive medicine (dependence to alcohol and/or drugs, both legal and illegal drugs).

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I am an Expert with AllExperts in several areas: Pharmacy, Internal Medicine, Medical Errors. Feel free to check my Q&A history as well as my ratings, which are very high.

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Diploma from hospital-based nursing school. Additional courses in pharmacology. I keep current in continuing education. Am currently working as lay-counselor which can lead to my certification as Substance Abuse Counselor.

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Dean's List while in college.

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Internal medicine patients, cardiology patients recovering from heart disease and/or open-heart surgery, cancer, as well as recently working as a lay-counselor to individuals dealing with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. NOTE: Just because I attempt to help patients with addictive diseases, I have over 25 years in Internal Medicine, have nursed patients with great deal of pain, and I am compassionate. I never label anyone as a "drug seeker". I have seen that done for years, and am against it. All patients should be evaluated for pain in a fair and comprehensive manner. Am an Expert with AllExperts in three other medical categories; feel free to check my ratings, which are high.

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