Originally Posted by nospam
Valium is the brand name for Diazepam.
Ativan (Lorazepam) is a similar medication (Valium is longer acting).
These drugs seem to be effective for many of us with TOS when muscle relaxers become ineffective. The main benefit of Valium for me is that it helps me sleep through the night and prevents increased tension in the morning. I only got 3-4 hours of sleep on Zanaflex and Flexeril stopped helping me sleep altogether (Soma didn't work for me either). When I didn't sleep well, my tension would be worse in the morning.
Oh Okay I am familiar with Valium. i think it gives me an upset stomach. Amazing you are already typing nospam! Relafan is now working for me better than either the flexeril or mobic(meloxicam). Today I pick up a cream from a compounding pharmacy with nerontin, as well as mobic and a muscle relaxant as well. W'ell see. Each week I try something new. I tried A Trigger pt massage last week,got sore that evening, but it may have helped. Will try it again befor I commit to more treatments. it is expensive. I Also talked to Dr.Aufiero at Orthohealing about trying the neural Prolotherapy which she thinks may have better results than the radio frequency. She says to come in while I am in pain and I will be able to tell right away if it will help. After that it is several sessions not covered by insurance. The shoulder brace is helping alot too.
My main concern right now is my arm pain which hurts with use, as I have no chance of going back to work anytime soon if the arm pain continues. Joyce (my pt thinks I have better movement since the botox and trigger pt injections even though I still have Trapezius rhomboid and arm pain.) She started giving me streghthening exercises for my core.
All in All I am about 30% better than I was 2 months ago,but about the same as when it first started a 1 1/2 years ago. I am going to give it a little more time before I start looking into surgery. i see Dr. Jordan on Friday so I'll see what he thinks.