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    Can Robax Platinum be taken for soreness in lower back?

Posted on Wed, 1 Jun 2016 in General Health
Question: Hi Dr Berger-Dumbaugh,

I'm happy to report that my yeast infection has cleared and there are no more issues.

This is about another issue I'm having. For the last few days I've been having some soreness on my lower back, right hip and the area in the enclosed picture. I did see a doctor and he said that it might be sitting at my desk all day, lack of exercise and poor posture. I notice the soreness in the area pictured when i bend over, twist or life heavy objects. It's also noticeable when I sit for too long. Other than that it doesn't affect me when I'm standing or walking. Could I have pulled a muscle? BTW there are no other noticeable symptoms. Doctor also told me to take a combination of XXXXXXX Platinum and use Voltaren. What would you suggest?
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
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Detailed Answer:
Hello -

I'm glad the yeast infection cleared up!

The area you have your hand on in the picture is the sacrum and often is a problem when there is low back strain. And yes, it can be from improper back use (which we may not realize we are doing) and prolonged sitting, especially if the chair does not give good support. Most of the muscles of the area you described attach to the sacrum and will ache with bending, twisting, and lifting, when there is a strain.

Robax Platinum contains two medicines: ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, and methocarbamol, which is a muscle relaxant. It is an appropriate drug to give for initial muscle spasm type problems. Since it has an NSAID (ibuprofen) in it, be sure to take it after you have some food in your stomach.

Some people find muscle relaxers to be of great benefit while others feel muscle relaxers knock them for a loop. So you may want to experiment with taking it during a time when it is ok for you to be groggy for awhile - such as before bed or in the evening. Until you know how it affects you.

For acute injuries, cold application is usually recommended, but as this involves muscle spasm, I'd use heat which will help relax the muscles. You can use a heating pad but careful not to go to sleep with it (I've seen burns happen from this). Hot water bottles are good too.

It would be helpful to see a physical therapist for exercises to stretch and strengthen the supporting muscles. This will help prevent problems in the future, and may also give relief for the current acute symptoms.

In some places, physical therapy departments have a program called "work hardening" or similar names, where a therapist goes out to your place of work and looks at the chair you use, etc and helps you build up so that you don't have further problems. Not all places have programs like this though.

Many people find long term benefit from Yoga classes, such as Hatha Yoga. This might be something to consider to maintain your flexibility and strength to protect your back.

I have had similar low back/hip problems and personally find benefit from acupuncture. But it is rather practitioner dependent. If you are interested in going that route, try to find a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor who was actually trained in China. They can usually provide relief for acute strains/muscle spasms in about 3 sessions. Sometimes in 2 sessions. But if they suggest taking herbal medicines to compliment the acupuncture, I suggest skipping that part as it is hard to know how the Chinese herbals will interact with your other meds, particularly the Robax Platinum.

Other people find benefit from chiropractic manipulation for acute strain with muscle tightness/spasm.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can help further.

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