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Old 06-06-09, 04:01 PM   #1
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Cycling and muscle relaxers (Skelaxin)

Long story short. I have a lower back problem that has to do with a herniated disc right above the coxxis.
This has been impairing my cycling performance, preventing me from taking it to the next level, specially during climbing. When the exertion gets to hard on fast rides and during hard climbing my lower back muscles eventually get into spasms and makes me slow down big time.

A friend of mine advised on Muscle Relaxers (Muscle Relaxant) like Skelaxin 800mg, he claimed that has helped him with muscle spasms and cramps. Thing is he doesn't ride or run. So, my question to the forum is:

Has anybody had any experience with Muscle Relaxers (Skelaxin 800mg is one of them) and cycling, that has helped you improve your cycling?

I'll appreciate any feedback.


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Old 06-06-09, 04:58 PM   #2
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I'd suggest asking your doctor - rather than us Yahoo's on the internet.
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Old 06-06-09, 06:45 PM   #3
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"SKELAXIN® works best when it is part of a complete treatment program, including rest, physical therapy, and other measures of relief as directed by your healthcare professional."

That's what the manufacturer says. Talk with a healthcare practitioner about your issues.

I have no personal knowledge of muscle relaxant use related to bicycling.
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Old 06-06-09, 09:48 PM   #4
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Bikes and back problems do not get along well. You really need to be working with someone who knows the score locally and can work with you to find good solutions.

The solution might be to lose five pounds, do some back exercises, wear icy hot, or any number of other tweaks. Or you could be setting yourself up for sciatica. So don't listen to us yahoos! Get thee to a sports doctor!
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Yes, a doctor who specializes in sports medicine. You could ask for recommendations in the regional part of the forum above.
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