Author Topic: Bladder problems and Baclofen (muscle relaxer)  (Read 660 times)

[Buddie]

Bladder problems and Baclofen (muscle relaxer)
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:43:23 pm »
Hey there..I'm having this problem and want to see if anyone could help me out.  Basically, I'm having a bladder problem that I think is related to withdrawals.  Even if I don't drink any water, I'll have to pee every 5-20 minutes and it's making it impossible for me to sleep.  I went to the doctor the last time this happened a couple of months ago and they said I had urethritis (which I didn't have) and they sent me home with antiobiotics and Azo (Azo never works for me).  Eventually I had to wait until the problem went away but it took a long time.  In my medicine cabinet, I have some Baclofen left over from when I injured my back.  It's a muscle relaxer.  I was wondering if I should take it and if it would be safe to take or if anyone has any other suggestions.
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[Buddie]

Re: Bladder problems and Baclofen (muscle relaxer)
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 11:54:09 pm »
Are you sure you don't have a bladder infection?  That could certainly be causing frequent urination.  You may want to have your doctor do a urinalysis just to make sure there is nothing else going on.  I wish you the best.  [...]
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[Buddie]

Re: Bladder problems and Baclofen (muscle relaxer)
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 11:55:27 pm »
I took a muscle relaxer (Soma) when I was about 9 months off and it gave me very bad racing heart for two days. The setback was short-lived and no permanent damage was done, but it didn't help me at all for the issue I was taking it for (tense muscles in shoulders).   

Urinary frequency and urgency are fairly common wd symptoms and will go away as you heal up. In the meantime, probably the best thing you can do for your bladder is go on a very low acid diet for a month or two--that would mean no alcohol, coffee, tea, soda, fruit or juices, vinegar or anything pickled, salad dressings, mayo, hot peppers/sauces, tomato products, etc. Acidic foods aggravate the bladder lining. Increase your water intake to keep the urine diluted so it is less irritating to the bladder. Try to find a bottled no additives spring water with  pH 7 or very near that. Steer clear of cranberry juice--it's super acidic!

Two things that can help you with acid in foods when taken with meals are 1) 1 tsp baking soda in 1 cup water, and 2) Prelief, a product sold at Walgreens and online, which counteracts the acid in food. It is better to just avoid acidic foods altogether, but these things might help when you slip up or when you're not sure about the ingredients in what you are eating.

Also do what you can to relax and decrease stress, as the bladder muscles react to that with urinary frequency and urgency. Do pelvic, hip, and lower back stretches to reduce the tension in that area.

AZO is meant to be taken 3 times a day for the best relief. Often just one dose doesn't do the trick.

Over active bladder meds such as ditropan and vesicare may help, too, if OTC and self help remedies such as I have suggested have failed. Muscle relaxers such as baclofen may or may not help, but you may have to try several before you find one that works. And of course everything has side effects. So the best route to go is to is the natural route, by avoiding acidic foods and increasing water intake, and wait for healing, which will happen the longer you are from your last benzo dose. :)

Be sure to be tested for a UTI. There are OTC tests available.

Hope this helps!
« Last Edit: March 15, 2012, 01:51:36 am by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Bladder problems and Baclofen (muscle relaxer)
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 08:09:55 pm »
I have OTC uti tests and it came back negative.  Thanks for the info [...], I'll keep all that in mind.  It's going to be hard for me to stay away from soda.  Right now I drink a lot of diet 7 up.  I might buy some of that Prelief stuff.  I never knew that acidic stuff had such an effect on the bladder.  I will try to stay away or minimize the acidic foods and drinks.
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