Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) is my friend

Back in 2007, I worked at a place where my desk was ergonomically poorly designed. I soon developed extremely painful pinched muscles in my neck and shoulders that literally required me to see a physical therapist. Since that time, every so often when I'm stressed out, the pain flares up again. And now that I'm a full-time student, I spend a lot of time reading, so I'm sitting in a reading position, either at home at the the library, with my head, neck and shoulders in the same frozen position for hours on end. Toss in a new stressful situation (read previous thread), and I'm in an awful state. Having stiff neck muscles completely suck, and it's not like I have money laying around to go to a fancy massage therapist place.

I have been able to get my Cyclobenzaprine (the generic of Flexeril) prescription re-filled off and on throughout these years. The doctor only prescribes me with a 20 qty prescription, so I only use it when necessary. Like I still have seven pills remaining from my April 2012 prescription. Therefore, in anticipation of needing this medicine for the next few weeks, I asked my doctor for a re-fill via email, and she kindly re-filled it. I was afraid I would have to make an appointment to go see her to get it - and that office visit would cost me $70 out of pocket, as I'm one of the unlucky 50 million Americans who don't have health insurance. But alas, the prescription doesn't cost me an arm and a leg, it's only like $5 - Thank Jesus, Mary and Buddha! For someone w/o health insurance, and blessed with otherwise excellent health - I consider myself very lucky to only need the assistance of an affordable generic muscle relaxant on occasion during extreme stressful times that freezes up some sensitive muscles.

The only downside is that is leaves me feeling sluggish, so I have to drink coffee to perk myself up a bit. I reckon I'll be using my coffee maker a lot this coming weekend as I have many chapters to read, some journal articles, and a paper to write. The joy it is to be me right now.

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