Muscle aches and pains which may often involve more than one muscle are commonly known as myalgia – a symptom of lots of disorders, diseases, drugs and even vaccination responses. Myalgia is caused by a number of reasons such as:
- Viral infections;
- Trauma or injury (sprains and hematomas);
- Muscle overuse;
- Chronic tension.
Muscle pain may vary from slight to very strong. Even though it usually stops in 3-4 days, sometimes even with best muscle pain medication myalgia won’t go away for months. Muscle pain can appear pretty much in any spot of human body: in the neck, back, arms, hands, legs and even feet.
Muscle relaxants medications are drugs which are used for prevention and decreasing spasms of muscles as well as spasticity symptoms. Muscle spasms take place while an involuntary contraction of muscles group. Muscles suddenly contract which is usually rather aching. As for spasticity it occurs when the muscles shorten tightly and may afterwards get stiff and therefore more difficult to use. That is why one of the reasons muscle relaxants are also called spasmolytics.
Drugs for muscle spasms in back and other parts of the body come in different forms such as capsules, tablets and liquids.
Most commonly used muscle relaxants are:
There are a few adverse effects with muscle relaxant drugs – just like with most meds. Nonetheless not all patients get them and even if they do, their organisms adjust to the treatment. The side effects that are most commonly (but at the same time quite rarely) experienced by the patients are nausea, fatigue, vision troubles, muscle weakness, dizziness, headache, light-headedness, sleepiness, dry mouth, insomnia, breathing complications, aching muscles, nightmares, mood changes, increased sweating, skin rash, confusion, diarrhea, abdominal pain, acne, fever, seizures, upset stomach etc. For more detailed description of preparations side effects please read instructions to the drugs and consult with your therapist about the best treatment for muscle spasms.