A handful of articles online including from Web MD and US News say that a new Australian review finds there is absolutely no evidence that muscle relaxants ease lower back pain.

Spine Health explains that “Muscle relaxers are not a class of drugs—meaning they do not all have the same chemical structure or work the same way in the brain. Rather, the term muscle relaxer is used to describe a group of drugs that act as central nervous system depressants and have sedative and musculoskeletal relaxant properties.”

I was put on muscle relaxants a long time ago and was swapped from one type to another. The pain team really wanted me to try and take about five at night as they said it would help me sleep in less pain. The dry mouth and other side effects meant that I only take 2 at night but I have taken them for so long…

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