The muscle relaxant Soma
Soma may be recommended to those who have physical injuries to the body through muscle damage and strains as it can ease the pressure put on these muscles and help the individual recover quicker. This is especially helpful for those who work in physical labor and cannot afford to take off the amount of time that would be required to let the muscle injury heal without medication. The drug also works as a pain relief as it acts as a barrier between the signals of the brain and the injury. Soma essentially blocks the pain signals so that pain is not as apparent to the person undergoing the treatment. Muscles tend to stay tense even when a person is relaxed or not putting weight or strain on that muscle, and for this reason they can take longer to heal. If they are not given this time to relax and recover, they may never properly heal, or be more susceptible to further injuries later down the line.
When the body has an injury, the nerve endings within the injured body part will send signals to the brain telling it that there has been an injury. It does this to let the brain know so that it can begin the healing process, and also so that the body is automatically putting less weight and strain on the injury. Soma works by creating a barrier around the nerves so that messengers sent with pain signals are blocked from communicating this to the brain. The medication also works to relax the muscle so that the body does not tense it or strain it, so this does the job of the brain feeling a pain message and, for example, creating a limp.
This effect on the body can cause some other feelings to the individual. They may feel very drowsy after taking Soma and may lose some of the sensation in the limb. Soma can also cause lightheadedness and dizziness that some people may find disorientating. It is not advised to drive while under the treatment, and many doctors will happily sign the individual off from work so that there is no risk that the person will engage in these sorts of activities, as they may be dangerous to the individual’s safety. Thinking and reaction time are normally affected by the treatment, so the best advice for someone taking Soma is to relax and do nothing that might require a full body’s worth of strength or awareness until the course of medication has finished.
There are some side effects to taking these sorts of medications, which are to be expected in treatments that block brain cell messages and manipulate nerve endings. Some people can feel heavy limbed during the treatment and may find that they do not have the usual mobility that should be expected from someone with full muscle usage. Other may get a little sickness and nausea as the body learns to adjust to the changes within the body. More serious side effects include jaundice and heart and blood pressure problems, which is why people with these preexisting conditions should seek doctor approval before beginning a course of this medicine. There is a chance that those who take Soma over a longer period of time may develop an addiction to the treatment, and in these cases it is wise to talk with a medical professional about the best way to overcome this without causing severe withdrawal effects. There are many helplines that can give confidential advice on how to cope with substance addiction if the individual does not feel comfortable sharing this information with their doctor.