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    could Bactlofen curl up my fingers

    I'm taking 2 20mg pills a day, that seems not to be a lot, but I've noted that lately my hands become unusable in a fist....and this is not happening if i skip the Bactlofen pills.
    is this could be real...or is just my brain invention?
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    Hi, I don't think it's the baclofen. Baclofen relaxes your muscles.
    Just the opposite of making a fist. I guess you could have an opposite reaction.
    When my fingers or fist do that then I usually have a problem somewhere.

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    I get worse curling/cramps about three hours after I take the baclofen. It doesn't seem to work very long in my case, maybe the same for you. I take 20mg three times a day.

    Usually is worse when I try to do computer work or grab something. If I grab a knife or something else like a steering wheel I then can't let go.

    I don't think it is your imagination at all.
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    I know this is a minority opinion and I am not a medical doctor, nurse or anything else; but, that stuff is worse than useless. Yes, it relaxes some spasms. It also relaxes any recovering muscles/nerves you might have. So is you have some working nerves in the back of your hands and take baclofen it can relax those so that the tightness in the inside of your hand where tendons are tighter naturally take over and make your fist worse.

    NEVER stop taking baclofen cold turkey. It can cause seizures. But you might discuss trying tizanidine or another drug with your doctor if your spasms are real bad. Since you are a recent injury I would discuss exercises with an OT to try and strengthen the back of your hands and wrists. That can help a lot with loosening the fist problem if there are even a few surviving nerves.
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    My hands curl up more when i don't take Baclofen

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigio View Post
    I'm taking 2 20mg pills a day, that seems not to be a lot, but I've noted that lately my hands become unusable in a fist....and this is not happening if i skip the Bactlofen pills.
    is this could be real...or is just my brain invention?
    Gigio, what you are describing is flexor spasticity of the hands. Baclofen should reduce such spasticity. But one possibility is that you have extensor spasticity of the hands and when baclofen inhibits the extensors, the flexor spasticity takes over.

    Wise.

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