My back "went out" once and I could not get off the floor for four days. In Boulder, Colorado, medical
marijuanna was legal
. Honestly, I don 't like to smoke pot. Someone had left a little pot at my place after a party, and I thought it might work as a muscle relaxer, so I smoked it. I was back at work the next day! After that I went to see a doctor about arranging a "pain management" regimen for the lower back pain I'd suffered with for 20 years. He recommended medical
marijuanna and I was up for that, considering the fact that 92 MMJ dispensaries had opened in Boulder since medical marijuanna was legalized! I soon found that I preferred to use the edible forms over smoking it.
Two and a half years later, 90% of my back problems are GONE! I used a bit of Perkoset (less than half as effective as MMJ) and I think that Flexeril is a miracle drug in a bad situation, but the best results I've experienced are from medical marijuanna edibles. If you can get a prescription for flexeril, keep a bottle of those handy on the boat. In my experience, they can release a spasm in an hour or less. But they are a short-term solution to an immediate problem. You can't spend 4 days on the floor of a boat. MMJ is a long-term solution, but it's a violation of federal law, and a violation of most states' laws. But it's an option. Um, if you consume edible MMJ products, make sure you don't have any plans for about 6-10 hours. Not going to happen. But the full body deep muscle relaxation has been worth it for me. I can't recommend it legally, but, y'know... it's out there.