I have a huge muscle knot over my left posterior iliac area. I am very small and have a short waist, so there's only a couple inches between my upper pelvic bone and the bottom of my rib cage. When it gets bad and gets into my ribcage, it hurts to breathe. Valium is the only thing that helps loosen it for me. After a lifetime of Flexeril, a very low intermittent use of 5 mg. Valium helps me alot. My surgeon doesn't like it, but my family doctor controls my pain management now and he says my low dose is fine and not in any way abusive or addictive. Once again, if you're taking the meds for the right reason, all you get is relief ... NOT HIGH!!! Also alternating heat and ice helps sometimes. Muscle knots are the worst! They are the biggest source of my pain.
45 y/o female, retired RN
1st scoli surgery '75, double curves, 56 & 52 degrees with Harrington Rod T4-L4.
2nd reconstruction '05, removal of rod, pull L5 into fusion, secured with 12 screws and 2 plates.
Presently 18 month post-op, doing relatively well.